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ERIC Number: ED371682
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-24
Pages: 19
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Using Networking Conferences for Science Program Improvement.
Rubino, Antonio N.; Pearl, John
This paper describes the role of and planning process for networking conferences in the cluster evaluation of the Michigan-based science education projects funded through the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Science Education Initiative to improve science teaching and learning with a long term goal of improving the scientific literacy of Michigan citizens. Cluster evaluation is designed to strengthen individual projects and to assess the impact of a selected group of projects and thus strengthen Kellogg Foundation programs and policymaking. Networking conferences are described as an important component of the Foundation's cluster evaluation process. They serve the following purposes: (1) plan for, exchange ideas about, provide direction to, and discuss issues and problems emerging from the cluster evaluation; (2) share lessons learned with other projects; (3) learn about current and developing issues in science education; (4) share science education curriculum materials and instructional strategies; and (5) visit project sites. The paper shows details of the design, implementation, and evaluation phases of networking conferences and presents nine fundamental propositions that make these conferences a powerful tool for dissemination of information. Appendices provide a chart of the steps in the conference planning task and proposed time frames for completing the tasks. (Contains 10 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan