ERIC Number: ED391670
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Current Interdisciplinary Science Research in the High School Classroom. Final Evaluation Report.
Shann, Mary H.
This is the final evaluation report of the On Growth and Form (OGAF): Learning Concepts of Probability and Fractals by Doing Science project that aimed at engaging high school students in hands-on science activities, experiments, and computer simulations that use probability and fractal geometry to model ragged structures in the real world. Formative evaluation techniques were employed which included content inspection of program materials by experts, pilot tests with small numbers of students, and field tests with larger numbers of students and teachers. Other data collection techniques included formal interviews with project participants, informal conversations and analysis of project documents. This report includes the following sections: overview of the OGAF project, evaluation plan, description of final OGAF units, experiments to accompany OGAF units, strategies for program monitoring and evaluation, findings from initial formative evaluation, field trials in area high schools, impact on teaching and learning, effects on participating teachers, the promotion of interdisciplinary science and mathematics, effects on other participants in the development process, the model of development--lessons learned, the future of OGAF--The future of high school science, and dissemination. (JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Boston Univ., MA. School of Education.