ERIC Number: ED555588
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers as Science Champions: The Legacy of 15 Years of NSF Investment in Science Education Improvement. A Retrospective Study of Bay Area Schools for Excellence in Education (BASEE), Partnership for Student Success in Science (PS[superscript 3]), and Noyce Master Teacher Program (NMTP)
Heenan, Barbara; Helms, Jenifer V.
Inverness Research has conducted a "legacy study" focusing on a series of philanthropic investments aimed at improving science education in the San Francisco South Bay Area that extended for over 15 years. Roughly nine school districts enjoyed a steady stream of support for science education improvement that began with funding from the Hewlett-Packard Foundation for the K-6 Hands-On Science Program in the early 1990s; launched a more comprehensive endeavor with Bay Area Schools for Excellence in Education (BASEE), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Local Systemic Change (LSC) grant in 1997; extended into the Partnership for Student Success in Science (PS3 ), a NSF Math Science Partnership (MSP) grant funded from 2003-2008; and finally ended with the Noyce Master Teacher Program (NMTP), a NSF Noyce grant funded from 2008- 2013. The broad goal of the study was to assess, understand and portray the lasting benefits of an unusually long-term, sustained funding effort in science education. A retrospective study is a rare opportunity to explore the residuals, or enduring benefits, of grants made in science improvement. Two major questions framed this legacy study: (1) What residual effects and capacities remain years after the completion of these grants?; and (2) What are the implications of the findings for funders? Research activities included reviewing pertinent background material on the projects; conducting interviews with project leaders; conducting interviews with 21 teachers and nine district and school administrators from districts that had been or still were involved in BASEE, PS[superscript 3] and/or NMTP; and, analyzing transcripts to identify key themes and issues. Findings include the following: (1) A convergence of contextual factors severely diminished the long-term residuals of what BASEE, PS[superscript 3] and NMTP achieved; (2) There are assets that remain; and (3) There is a resurgence of interest in science education. Recommendations of areas of focus for funders are provided.
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Improvement, Philanthropic Foundations, Private Financial Support, Educational Finance, School Districts, Program Effectiveness, Grants, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Interviews, Principals, Central Office Administrators, Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Authoring Institution: Inverness Research
Identifiers - Location: California