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SOAP Model

EDIT 221 gave me the opportunity to review data, and generate statistical reports against that data. The data and questions were provided by the professor.  Juan, a master’s student in the Teacher Education program at San Jose State University, has in interest in Social Studies education in the state of California.  He wanted to know if the new Social Organization and Policy (SOAP) curriculum is more effective than the more traditional Low Option Social Studies (LOSS) program.

The data provided follows two groups of students that participated in the study.  One group, the control group, was provided the LOSS curriculum, while the other group, the experimental group, was provided the SOAP curriculum.  Two specific questions were developed to determine curriculum effectiveness.  First, is there a difference in Social Studies attitudes between the mean scores of students treated with SOAP materials and those treated with LOSS materials?  Second, is there a difference in Social Studies content knowledge between the mean scores of students treated with SOAP materials and those treated with LOSS materials?

The data is conclusive, with a confidence level of 95%; the curriculum did correlate with student results.  The SOAP group had higher mean scores in the four categories reviewed.  In addition, a correlation matrix confirmed that there is a correlation between Social Studies content and attitudes and problem solving ability, as well as Social Studies attitude and Social Studies content.

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