ERIC Number: ED331718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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An Analysis of the Effectiveness of an Interdisciplinary Poster-Newsletter in Improving Communication between University Scientists and Science Educators.
Cummins, Catherine L.; Wandersee, James H.
A poster-newsletter, "Science Talk," was developed and its effectiveness at a major research university analyzed. The goal of the newsletter was to make information regarding upcoming research seminars sponsored by the science departments available campuswide and to raise the scientists' awareness level regarding the university's science education program. A readership questionnaire was attached to 150 copies of the newsletter and distributed to a stratified random sample consisting of heads of university science units, graduate students and professors in the sciences. The findings indicated that the section most frequently read first by all groups was the seminar schedule. All groups made use of the information the newsletter provided. Although all groups reported that they became more aware of research activity outside their own department, the effect on the professors was greatest. All groups demonstrated that their awareness of the science education program had increased. The consensus of each group was that good science teaching is not valued very highly at the university level. Other sets of information also used to evaluate the effectiveness of the newsletter included: anecdotal information from the groups concerning the usefulness; number of campus units asking for inclusion in the newsletter increased; and an increase in interdepartmental collaboration on university science instruction projects. This research shows that a poster-newletter can be very effective in sharing information vital to both scientists and science educators. (Author/CRW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Science Talk (Newsletter)
Note: A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Assocation for Research in Science Teaching (Lake Geneva, WI, April 7-10, 1991).