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An Assessment Framework for a Large-Scale, Web-Delivered Resource Project for Middle School Teachers of Math, Science, and Technology Abstract
Methods for determining a treatment’s efficacy are continually evolving and improving, yet challenges clearly exist. Even now, assessment of large-scale, multi-dimensional, web-delivered programs brings with it a host of difficulties. We describe a framework for measuring the impact of PRISM (Portal Resources for Indiana Science and Mathematics), a digital resources library and a “community of practice” for Indiana teachers of middle school mathematics, science, and technology. Our presentation consists of three parts: (1) a description of PRISM as a learning hub, (2) an overview of the assessment methodology, and (3) a report on results obtained from a regression analysis.
1.0 PRISM and Educational Change
PRISM 1 is a free, web-delivered “window” on digital resources for middle school teachers of science, mathematics, and technology (SMT) in Indiana. The project is hosted at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute). Funding for this innovative approach to teaching and learning comes from the Lilly Endowment, Inc, Office of Educational Programs.
Our emphasis on improving SMT learning stems partly from the natural fit with Rose-Hulman’s core competencies and partly from growing concerns about national deficiencies and their long-term consequences. The increasingly interdependent global economy and the demands of the American workplace require robust science and mathematics abilities in the workforce. Yet reports both from the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)2 and from the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)3 continue a thirty-year history of lackluster student performance.
In improving SMT instruction, we have identified middle school as the target population because the transitional years of grades six through eight prove critical for students who lose interest and lack success and thus do not take the type of courses in high school that makes them competitive, either in the workplace or in pursuing a college degree in science, mathematics, engineering, or associated technologies.
1.1 PRISM as a Learning Hub for SMT Middle School Teachers
The PRISM gateway creates a “community of practice” for middle school teachers across Indiana to share experiences and to harvest the remarkable opportunities for improved SMT learning through web-delivered simulations, visualization, modeling, access to live data, and by enabling new collaborations, interactive learning, and alternative pedagogical approaches. The five-person PRISM team members -- hired through the grant -- serve as partners to the classroom teachers by providing ongoing advice, hosting special web-conferences, and authoring learning modules.
Accomplishing change in education must start where learning begins: with the classroom teacher.
Bremmer, D., & Carlson, P. (2006, June), An Assessment Framework For A Large Scale, Web Delivered Resource Project For Middle School Teachers Of Math, Science, And Technology Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--1108
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