Genetics, Genomics, Genethics

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

76% of teachers say "the course was more valuable than other professional development available to me locally"

69% of teachers "have recommended the course to colleagues"

Content and Resources

69% of teachers say taking "the course gave my students better access to and knowledge of latest research"

How do teachers apply the course directly to their classrooms?

80% "Used what they learned to create a unit for my students"

60% "Made course resources available to my students"

Interaction and Instruction

"I really feel like the course made it possible for me to know where to take things next, instead of just saying, "well, your book says." I had at the ready some ideas for the kids, so when their inspiration hit, I could go on with them." —elementary science teacher

"It was good... The parameters were clear and the teachers' expectations were clear. You had opportunities to re-do work. There were interesting assignments to do outside of class—for example, look at food in your kitchen and see what could be genetically modified." —high school biology teacher

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.