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What Works Clearinghouse Reviews Research on Teaching Strategies

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Using the right instructional strategies and programs can make the learning process an exciting time of discovery, empowering students to be scientifically literate citizens. Many curriculum-based interventions, programs, and strategies are designed to improve science achievement.

It is often difficult, however, to identify research-based interventions that have been shown to be effective.


The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) conducts reviews of research on interventions designed to improve the science achievement of K-12 students. The aim of the Science area is to help educators make important decisions about curricula, supplemental products, and classroom methods.

By evaluating research on curricula and instructional strategies designed to improve the science achievement of K-12 students, the WWC provides educators with insight on these important questions:

  • Which interventions are effective in increasing students’ learning of science content, processes, and skills? 
  • Are some interventions more effective than others for certain types of students, particularly students who are members of traditionally underserved populations in science education?

Visit the What Works Clearinghouse website to learn more about the Science area and for a list of interventions currently under review.


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