ERIC Number: ED362398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
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A Formative Evaluation of a Scientific Work Experience Program for Science Teachers.
Gottfried, Sandra S.
The Science Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program is a scientific work experience program conducted at the University of Missouri-St. Louis that provides secondary science teachers internships with faculty researchers. This report evaluates the STARS program with respect to the teachers' (n=17) first summer experiences only. Both quantitative and qualitative measures were used to evaluate the program's effectiveness and to determine whether the project objectives were met, the value of the program as perceived by the participants, and the impact of the program. The study concluded that teachers perceived that: (1) the experience in scientific research design and experimentation was substantial; (2) they made gains in their acquisition of science content knowledge; (3) they moderately increased their ability to perform science process skills; (4) they moderately increased the incorporation of research/process methodologies in their curricula; (5) they made substantial gains in their understanding of science applications in the workplace; (6) the program was helpful in lesson planning; (7) the program was valuable; and (8) the program impacted their ability to implement hands-on laboratory-oriented curricula. Field notes and classroom observations, however, do not reflect an increase in the use of these strategies in the classroom, suggesting the need for further research concerning how these changes in perception can be converted to changes in the classroom. (MDH)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Experiential Learning, Formative Evaluation, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Internship Programs, Researchers, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Scientific Research, Secondary Education, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Education Programs, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers: Science Teachers as Research Scientists Program; University of Missouri Saint Louis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Atlanta, GA, April 15-19, 1993).