The Ocean System

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

"When I go to the beach, I look at things a little differently now. My family went to the beach this summer, and I now have an understanding of tides and currents, the ocean life that is present, and how it exists in the ocean and relies on those currents to bring in new nutrients and get rid of waste products." —AP biology teacher
How do teachers say they apply this course directly to their classroom?

84% "I used what I learned to create a unite for my students"

72% "I used the lesson plan I developed as my final project"

Content and Resources

92% of teachers say they were introduced to "new kinds of materials and media such as simulations and websites that I can use in science"

84% of teachers say they "used what I learned to create a unit for my students"

96% of teachers say they gained "a bank of resources for my own learning"

Interaction and Instruction

"In terms of what I actually got out of the course, I thought it was super. I liked the way I could talk directly to people who are doing research right in the field. It is current, it is there. It is not a textbook with the same thing for ten years. These essays are from people who are actually in the field doing it right now."
—Physics and chemistry 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.