ERIC Number: EJ818932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Applying the Rasch Model to Evaluate an Implementation of the Kentucky Electronics Education Project
Ren, Weijia; Bradley, Kelly D.; Lumpp, Janet K.
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v17 n6 p618-625 Dec 2008
Kentucky Electronics Education Project (KEEP) uses microelectronics to connect real world content to K-12 science education. KEEP trains teachers in a series of circuit building activities through summer workshops and in-service professional development. Teachers are expected to implement components of their training into their curriculum, and then participating students are asked to evaluate their experience. Here, survey responses of 61 Midwest high school students, who completed a circuit building activity in the classroom setting, are analyzed using a Rasch rating scale model. Insights are provided regarding the inquiry based, hands-on engineering activity, while introducing a tool for program evaluation. Results characterize students' perceptions regarding difficulty of the project and potential misunderstandings. Suggestions for project enhancement, based on empirical evidence and practical experience, are described.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Program Evaluation, Electronics, Rating Scales, Workshops, Science Activities, Inservice Teacher Education, Faculty Development, High School Students, Secondary School Science, Inquiry, Hands on Science, Instructional Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky