ERIC Number: ED452161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jan-31
What Matters Most: HealthWorks! Kids' Museum Annual Evaluation Report of Findings, Year 1 of 5.
Rudy, Dennis W.
This report presents an evaluation of the HealthWorks! Kids' Museum, an urban education center designed to help children in grades preK-8 understand and make good choices about healthy living and lifestyle choices. It includes an exhibit floor and interactive classroom areas with a program highlighting how body systems work; a game challenging the senses and intelligence; a computer kiosk with health-related questions; a climbing wall that looks like magnified human skin; and video games. The evaluation plan uses multiple data measures, encompassing both content and process concerns, formative and summative assessment, and on-site and off-site activities. Qualitative and quantitative measures are utilized. Data collection includes surveys of the visiting public, teacher evaluations, and artifact reviews. Written documentation regarding all assessment activities are given in an annual report. A summative assessment of all data related to the program is compiled in a longitudinal report. Evaluation documentation are presented to stakeholders at annual meetings. Findings are disseminated to the larger professional health community. Year 1 findings indicate that children enjoy and use the interactive activities and consider them meaningful and fun. Teachers, parents, and community members report increased awareness and knowledge of health issues. An executive summary is appended. (Contains 10 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: HealthWorks! Kids' Museum, South Bend, IN.
Note: HealthWorks! Kids' Museum is sponsored by Memorial Health Sysems and the Memorial Health Foundation, along with funding by the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation, the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and the Junior League of South Bend. An executive summary is appended.