ERIC Number: ED344751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Formative Research and Teen SMART: Try, Try Again. Reports and Papers in Progress. Report No. 90-3.
"Teen SMART" is the working title of the high school age component of Operation SMART, a larger curriculum development project initiated by Girls Clubs of America, Inc. (GCA) to promote the participation of girls and young women in science, mathematics, and technology. Operation SMART seeks not only to attract and involve those girls who are already predisposed to explore scientific and mathematical topics, but to "encourage the interest, participation and achievement of all girls" in these areas. With curriculum materials already produced for girls between the ages of 6 and 14, GCA contracted Education Development Center (EDC) to design a curriculum for high school girls that would provide such a learning experience. This paper describes the formative evaluation involved in developing that curriculum. After initial materials were developed, methods for collecting data for their evaluation included document reviews, participant and naturalistic observations, questionnaires, and interviews. The analysis of the data collected led to four recommendations, namely that new materials be developed that would be: (1) more flexible in their structure; (2) more adaptable to local settings and characteristics; (3) more reliant upon the skills and interests of leaders; and (4) more attuned to the social and group dynamics that could support informal learning. Although the decision to revise the materials was difficult, the emergence of the importance of the social context over academic goals and the leaders' willingness to develop contacts in their communities to support teens' science learning were vital factors that were unknowns at the start of the project. (MDH)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Curriculum Evaluation, Enrichment, Enrichment Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Females, Formative Evaluation, High Schools, Science Education, Science Instruction, Supplementary Education
Center for Learning Technology Education Development Center, 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02160 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA. Center for Learning Technology.
Identifiers: Girls Clubs of America