ERIC Number: ED338483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-5
Reference Count: 0
Multiple Evaluation Perspectives of the Animals in the Classroom Workshops.
Hinton, Nadine K.; And Others
The purpose of a study was to demonstrate the value of multiple evaluation perspectives in the development, implementation, and revision of a series of workshops conducted for inservice teachers. In the Animals in the Classroom Program, the content of the workshop concerned a highly charged issue: the appropriate and humane care and use of animals in the precollege classroom and in student research. To evaluate the program's implementation and impact, qualitative and quantitative information were combined to capitalize on strengths and address the weaknesses of each source of data and converged on a comprehensive picture of the program, rich in details about the participants' knowledge about the use of animals in education. With the assistance of the Advisory Committee, the workshop coordinator modified the content of the workshop to be appropriate for classroom teachers. The resulting workshops were successful from several perspectives: (1) teachers rated them highly; (2) teachers' comments were very favorable; (3) teachers' knowledge and classroom practices changed following their participation in the workshop; and (4) knowledge was gained on teachers' and students' attitudes toward animals. Comments from teachers corroborated quantitative results from the rating scales. Analysis of pre- and post-workshop classroom practices included both quantitative and open-ended questions that documented changes of practical significance in how animals were used in the classroom and in student research. The teachers' questionnaire is appended. (KR)
Descriptors: Biology, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Dissection, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Inservice Teacher Education, Laboratory Animals, Pretests Posttests, Program Descriptions, Science Education, Student Attitudes, Student Projects, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Workshops
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio Board of Regents, Columbus.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Animals in the Classroom Project
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).