EVALUATING THE FIRST YEAR OF
A MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENTIFIC LITERACY "NEWSLINK" PROGRAM
A consortium of school districts has received funding for the districts'
science teachers to participate in a scientific literacy "Newslink"
program. The program supplements the curriculum by giving teachers
access to constantly updated "Science in the News" modules
on the Web. These short modules are designed to promote student
interest in science by showcasing new scientific developments and
their societal implications. Teachers are encouraged to present
at least one module to their students each month.
The teachers are given user names and passwords so they can access
Newslink in their classrooms, along with materials and an introduction
to the program. They are sent regular e-mails informing them of
Newslink developments. All together, 1,000 teachers from 175 schools
You are a member of the Newslink evaluation team put together by
the consortium. In collaboration with the stakeholders (the district
administration, the science teachers, the Newslink developers, the
hardware providers, and the funding agency), your team is conducting
case studies to examine how the modules are being used. In addition,
the stakeholders agree that participating teachers should give feedback
via a survey after one year. The survey is put together with input
from representatives of each stakeholder group. Given the large
number of teachers, your team decides that it will be most efficient
to deliver the survey using a web hosting service. After the costs
of developing and administering the survey, there will be only $500
left for teacher incentives.