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Science education partnership award (SEPA) project

Evaluation

Evaluation activities for Health and Biomedical Science for a Diverse Community were conducted by the Kensington Research Group. The evaluation was organized around two main criteria for measuring success: 1) how well the program achieved its objectives, and 2) the extent to which individual participants made positive changes in knowledge of relevant science concepts, scientific investigation skills, knowledge of how to recognize disorders such as asthma and sickle cell disease, self-reported health behaviors, and attitudes toward taking science courses and pursuing health and biomedical science careers.

Elements of the evaluation included front-end, formative, and summative activities. The front-end evaluation was conducted via student focus groups and served as a gauge of students’ knowledge of health and biomedical science concepts. Front-end evaluation data were used to refine the curriculum units, exhibit, and field trip as they were developed.

The formative evaluation was conducted via student, parent, teacher, and presenter reflection forms; evaluator observations; student focus groups; pre/posttests; and ongoing conversations between the curriculum designer and classroom teachers. Formative evaluation data were used to improve the curriculum units, the teacher workshops, the exhibit, and the family festival as they were implemented. Formative evaluation data were also used to gauge participant satisfaction with project activities.

Summative evaluation activities were designed to demonstrate whether, how, and to what degree project activities affected the participants. To assess the impact of the curriculum, a comparison group demographically matched to the experimental group was identified by the Oakland Unified School District. T-tests and other statistical tests were used to determine whether significant changes in knowledge and behavior had taken place in the comparison and experimental groups. Evaluation tools used in the summative evaluation included pre/posttests for each curriculum unit as well as teacher, parent, and presenter surveys.

Papers:

Teaching About Genetics and Sickle Cell Disease in 5th Grade

Can Changes in Body-Image Knowledge, Attitude, and Behaviors Result from a 4th- to 8th-Grade School Field Trip?

Lead in Our Environment: A Lesson for Fourth Grade

Final Report:

Final Report, Sept. 30, 2011


KRG Profile
The Kensington Research Group is a professional services firm providing grant-writing, program design, project management, and evaluation services to school districts and community-based organizations pursuing clear social goals. The majority of projects aim to fill the needs of disadvantaged children and families in underserved regions of California. Through individual and collective expertise, KRG specializes in bringing crucial resources to organizations working in a variety of education and social service arenas.

 

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