ERIC Number: ED381892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Boeing Company Applied Academics Project Evaluation: Year Four. Evaluation Report.
Wang, Changhua; Owens, Thomas R.
This paper describes fourth-year outcomes (1993-94) of the Boeing Company-funded Applied Academics Project. Since the 1990-91 school year, the company has provided funds to improve and expand applied academics in 60 Washington high schools. Data were collected from pre- and post-surveys of students enrolled in the project's Applied Mathematics (AM) and Principles of Technology (PM) courses and their comparison groups (students enrolled in traditional mathematics and physics classes). A survey was also mailed to 49 sites that received Boeing funding. Findings indicate that AM students in every category scored significantly higher than their peers in traditional mathematics classes. PT students performed as well as their traditional counterparts when the variables for overall GPA and grades in mathematics and science were held constant. Low-achieving AM and PT students tended to demonstrate the greatest gain from the applied academic courses. They also gained confidence about their ability to learn mathematics and physics. Results of the site survey, to which 44 sites responded, suggest that Boeing funding was crucial in making the concept of applied academics a classroom reality. The number of participating students and schools increased dramatically, a trend that continued after funding ended. Five tables and 10 figures are included. Appendices contain a map of Boeing-funded sites in Washington State and copies of the surveys. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Identifiers: Boeing Company; Washington