An updated literature search was performed on the 11 products that Pearson released efficacy reports for in 2018. In this updated literature review, we searched Google Scholar and Science Direct for relevant publications released between 2018 to 2019. We also added two new databases, ERIC and JSTOR, to our search, including relevant publications from 2012-2019. Mastering Chemistry was the only product where we uncovered any new studies that met both our relevance and rigor standards.
For Mastering Chemistry, only a portion of a single study met both sets of standards (Eichler & Peeples, 2013). In this particular study, the section of the analysis that compared Mastering Chemistry users to non-users satisfied both relevance and rigor criteria. However, since the findings from this part of the analysis were consistent with findings from the original Mastering Chemistry efficacy report (the studies used similar designs and both found positive results), no additional efficacy statements will be released
For a full list of the rigor criteria by type of efficacy statement, see Pearson’s Efficacy Reporting Framework, especially the section entitled “Research design standards.”
Full citation: Eichler, J. F., & Peeples, J. (2013). Online homework put to the test: A report on the impact of two online learning systems on student performance in general chemistry. Journal of Chemical Education, 90(9), 1137-1143.