ERIC Number: ED368778
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Formative Evaluation of the K-12 Education Programs of the Department of Energy.
Raizen, Senta A.; Loucks-Horsley, Susan
In response to the findings and recommendations of a planning conference in 1989, the Department of Energy (DOE) increased its funding of ongoing precollege programs in science and mathematics education and launched some new initiatives. To evaluate and improve its efforts, the DOE has also initiated a 4-year evaluation and technical assistance project at the National Center for Improving Science Education. This paper focuses on the strategies developed and some results emerging from the formative evaluation component of this project. The major formative evaluation strategy is the profiling of the DOE's education activities, with the development of a template for each of the five identified program types. The template for profiling the teacher-development programs of the DOE laboratories is presented as an example of the way in which a template can be used in formative evaluation. Some of the emerging results of the teacher-development research are outlined to demonstrate evaluation results. One figure illustrates an excerpt from the teacher development template. (Contains 5 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Citizenship Responsibility, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Formative Evaluation, Futures (of Society), Government Role, Laboratory Training, Mathematics Education, Professional Development, Profiles, Program Evaluation, Science Education, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Education, Teachers, Technical Assistance
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Department of Energy
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).