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ERIC Number: ED430931
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-23
Pages: 43
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Short-Term Teacher Workshops: Examining the Assumption of Teacher-to-Student Transfer.
Storti, Janet
This study explored the feasibility of evaluating the effectiveness of learning transfer from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) short-term (1 day or less) workshops to the teacher and through the teacher to the student, focusing on attitude toward science, science-related behavior, and knowledge variables. Participants were 33 teachers of grades 3-9 from rural, suburban, and urban schools (public, private, and home schools) in six states. Teachers had attended 17 NASA off-site workshops in which aerospace specialists worked with workshop sponsors to plan program content. The objectives of the workshops were to enhance teachers' knowledge, experiences, and skills so they could use aerospace as a vehicle for improving student learning. Researchers collected survey data on teachers' attitudes, knowledge, and behavior before and after the workshops, and they interviewed a sample of workshop participants. They also surveyed students about knowledge, attitudes, and behavior before and after being taught with NASA resources. Findings support the NASA focus on teacher workshops, which are expected to have a ripple effect from participants to their students and colleagues. The workshops positively affected teachers' knowledge, attitudes, and behavior. Students and teachers supported the NASA focus on teacher workshops. (Contains 24 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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