ERIC Number: ED352030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun-1
Reference Count: N/A
National Geographic Society's Kids Network in Iowa, 1990-1991. Evaluation Report.
Fine, Carole S.; Friedman, Lawrence B.
This report is the result of an independent evaluation of a project conducted during the 1990-91 school year with 56 teachers and over 1,800 students from 28 elementary schools in Iowa. The goals of the project were to demonstrate the effectiveness of new technology to improve science and geography instruction at the elementary level; train teachers in the use of technology; and encourage the dissemination and use of the National Geographic Society's Kids Network (KN) program, a telecommunications-based science program designed for students in grades 4-6. Kids Network, which is designed to foster critical thinking, recommends cooperative grouping for research and problem solving; promotes an interdisciplinary approach to science; allows students to conduct original research in the context of their community; and links students with teammates throughout the United States, Canada, and the world. The overview and introduction to the study include descriptions of the project, the network, the participants, and the significance of the project. The report also describes the study design and methodology; reports the findings; and provides a summary of the project and recommendations. It is concluded that this project was a success for the Iowa teachers and students and that the KN is satisfactory as is. Appendices, which constitute about half of the report, contain copies of the Project Application Form, the Teacher and Student Survey forms, and the Student Test; Results of the Teacher and Student Surveys; and copies of the Site Visit Protocols and the Hotline Form. (ALF)
Descriptors: Computer Networks, Cooperative Learning, Critical Thinking, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Geography Instruction, Global Approach, Inservice Teacher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Science Instruction, Scientific Methodology, Student Research, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, Muscatine, IA.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Elmhurst, IL.
Identifiers: Iowa; National Geographic Kids Network; National Geographic Society; Networking