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ERIC Number: EJ1092997
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Build a Human Project: Improving Attitude and Increasing Anatomy Content Knowledge and Skills for Middle-Level Students
Houtz, Lynne E.; Quinn, Thomas H.
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v11 n2 p21-32 2006
For four years middle-level students and science teachers have participated in a two-week summer workshop outreach project collaboratively designed and implemented by School of Medicine and Department of Education faculty. The project's goals included improving the attitude of student participants toward the study of science; increasing participants' knowledge of the structure, function, and care of the human organism through inquiry-based hands-on exploration; and developing participants' process skills through hands-on activities. Formative and summative assessment of the program's effectiveness in reaching its goals included quantitative and qualitative strategies. Student attitudes remained high, and even improved significantly during two of the years. Content knowledge was assessed through a K-W-L chart, a multiple choice pre- and posttest, and student feedback forms. Authentic assessment techniques were used to evaluate development of process skills. The triangulated results develop a rich picture of success in meeting project goals.
Descriptors: Anatomy, Knowledge Level, Summer Programs, Workshops, Outreach Programs, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, Inquiry, Active Learning, Hands on Science, Science Process Skills, Science Teachers, Middle School Students, Medical Schools, Schools of Education, Formative Evaluation, Summative Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Mixed Methods Research, Pretests Posttests, Multiple Choice Tests, Performance Based Assessment, Middle School Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska