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ERIC Number: ED378199
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Multiple Approach to Evaluating Applied Academics.
Wang, Changhua; Owens, Thomas
The Boeing Company is involved in partnerships with Washington state schools in the area of applied academics. Over the past 3 years, Boeing offered grants to 57 high schools to implement applied mathematics, applied communication, and principles of technology courses. Part 1 of this paper gives an overview of applied academics by examining what applied academics is and why it is important to current educational reform. Part 2 describes the multiple approaches the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory has used in evaluating the project and provides a summary of the 3-year evaluation results. The aim of applied academics is to make learning more meaningful by providing concrete applications of theoretical principles within the context of work-relevant examples. The evaluation approach used for the Boeing project included case studies, surveys, student tests, and test analyses that involved more than 126 teachers and 2,544 students. Evaluation to date indicates positive responses from teachers and students and suggests a potential role for applied academics in educational reform. The necessity of multiple approaches to evaluation is amply demonstrated in the early stages of this program evaluation. (Contains 18 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington