Sharks and Rays

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

83% of teachers say "my students now better appreciate the natural world"

83% of teachers say "the course was more valuable than other professional development available to me locally"

Content and Resources

75% of teachers say "my curiosity about the course topics is piqued"

"I just thought that the assignments that they gave were more meaningful. I felt like when I was working on something, I was accomplishing something and learning, instead of just being busy." —Anatomy and physiology teacher

Interaction and Instruction

How does the course help strengthen teaching?

92% of teachers said "it helped me to learn a new content area that I may teach in the future"

77% say "it provides a bank of resources that I can share with their students"

"The scientists involved were so knowledgeable and the feedback was so personal ... when I gave a response, each of the scientists who were involved responded exactly to what I said." —Biology and forensics 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.