ERIC Number: ED478902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Stories from the Schools Participating in the JASON Project.
Martin, Wendy; Ba, Harouna; Diaz, Odalys
The core activity of the first year's in-depth study of the JASON Project impact on student learning centered on school site visits. The Center for Children and Technology (CCT) and JASON staff developed a set of criteria to select a diverse group of participating schools. One of the most important dimensions was based on the JASON Foundation for Education's (JFE) interest in learning how their program works for all kinds of students. Because the JASON Project has been under way for a number of years and already supports a large, committed community of educators, the program worked with JASON schools with various degree of implementation experience with the JASON curriculum and that serve different populations of students. With the help of JFE staff, 30 schools were identified which were then pared down to the final eight selected to participate in the study. These eight schools reflect the diverse learning contexts in which JASON is being implemented on such characteristics as student background and ability and teachers' experience in using JASON. Furthermore, the participants in this study come from eight schools around the country: in Arkansas, Texas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, New York, and Wisconsin. There were a total of 20 visits to school sites. At each site, two CCT researchers conducted classroom observation, interviews with teachers and principals, and a student inquiry test. They also collected data using a school profile questionnaire, a teacher survey, and a student survey. The stories form the schools participating in the JASON Project are organized into two main sections: (1) a summary of the common themes across all school sites; and (2) a report on each school. The first section focuses on JASON's impact on teachers and students. The second section shows how JASON is being implemented in different school settings as well as taught in four different classrooms. (Author/MVL)
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Methods
Education Development Center, Inc., Center for Children and Technology, 96 Morton Street, New York, NY 10014. Tel: 212-807-4200.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, New York, NY. Center for Children and Technology.