The Diversity of Fishes

Evaluation

Inverness Research Inc. is a national, independent educational research organization that assessed the Seminars on Science program over an eight year period. Their evaluation reveals that educators achieve a deeper understanding on science through these courses, mastering significant new material, gaining a better sense of how science is conducted, and aquired valuable classroom materials. Here are some highlights of the course evaluation for this course.

Course Experience

74% of teachers "have recommended this course to colleagues"

"The course feels like this little mini journey that you are on and everyone is very engaged and the teachers are very present and offering lots of support and feedback." —inner city general science kindergarten teacher

Content and Resources

83% of teachers say they "used what I learned in a unit for my students"

74% of teachers said the course "introduced me to new kinds of materials and media"

How do teachers say that this course helps their students?

66% "Students better connect science in school with the real world"

63% "Students gain a better understanding of scientific inquiry"

Interaction and Instruction

65% of participants gained a deeper insight into the work of scientists as a result of this course.

"Some of this information is being shared with students who would either never hear it, or would only hear it if they chose to get a masters or a doctorate in some sort of biology. That is kind of neat, that I am sharing things that are pretty cutting edge." —aquatic education consultant in natural resource management

Further Reading

You can explore the complete evaluation results from Inverness Research Inc. by downloading these reports (PDF):

Inverness Research Inc. is based in Inverness, CA and provides insight into the design, quality and effectiveness of educational improvement initiatives.