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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

68% of teachers said the course "rekindled my passion for science and the work of scientists"

67% of teachers said "the course was more valuable than other professional development available to me locally"

Content and Resources

82% of teachers said the course "added to my background knowledge of science"

How do teachers apply the course directly to their classrooms?

66% "Used what I learned to create a unit for my students"

52% "made course resources available to my students"

Interaction and Instruction

"Some of the participants were high school science teachers and other people in the class took responsibility for helping you learn. They would explain things and talk about your questions. In this course there was interaction with other student-learners. Lots of different levels of expertise. They gave me a different perspective." —Elementary science teacher
"Each successive course was better than the previous one. ...In all cases the instructors were extremely knowledgable and willing to answer questions and to offer multiple explanations." —Special education 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.