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  • Infectious Disease Exhibition: Examining Guided and Unguided Use of an Exhibition Case
    Date: 12/29/2006
    Resource Category: Formative
    In 2006, the Science Museum of Minnesota carried out a formative evaluation of the traveling exhibition, Disease Detectives. Disease Detectives features an immersive environment where visitors investigate a case by meeting a patient (an interactive mannequin), interpreting lab tests, and exploring specific environments to learn more about disease ... »
  • "Talk of the Nation: Science Friday" Summative Evaluation Study 2
    Date: 12/07/2006
    Resource Category: Summative
    Talk of the Nation: Science Friday is a weekly two-hour listener call-in talk show devoted to the understanding of complex scientific topics and methods. The series is hosted by science correspondent Ira Flatow. With support from the National Science Foundation, Multimedia Research presents the second study of a two-part summative evaluation on ... »
  • San Francisco Zoo African Savanna Exhibit Summative Evaluation
    Date: 12/01/2006
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    A three-pronged summative evaluation of the San Francisco Zoo's new African Savanna exhibit shows it to be very well received by visitors and successful at meeting key affective and cognitive goals. Visitors to this exhibit, especially those who attend a giraffe feeding, enthusiastically demonstrate admiration and wonder towards wildlife, ... »
  • Final Evaluation Report for Mentored Youth Building Employable Skills in Technology (MYBEST)
    Date: 12/01/2006
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    The MyBEST (Mentoring Youth Building Employable Skills in Technology) project, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation's Informal Science Education program, concluded its three years of operation in 2006. This youth-based program was intended to provide participants with in-depth learning experiences involving information and design ... »
  • Summative evaluation of MinnAqua's angling and aquatic education clinics
    Date: 12/01/2006
    Resource Category: Summative
    MinnAqua, a program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource's Division of Fish and Wildlife, strives to educate Minnesota's youth about angling and aquatics and increase their interest and participation in angling. A summative evaluation was carried out to examine the effectiveness of MinnAqua clinics in terms of two evaluation questions ... »
  • Study of Collaborations between Museums and Media
    Date: 11/06/2006
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    As part of the Summative Evaluation of the DragonflyTV GPS: Going Places in Science series, between July 2005 and November 2006, RMC Research conducted a study of the collaboration between the DragonflyTV (DFTV) production staff and its science center and museum partners. Central to the innovative DFTV series, the collaboration involved museum ... »
  • The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer - Science Unit Study
    Date: 10/30/2006
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer received a three-year National Science Foundation grant from Fall 2003 to Spring 2006 to develop, produce and air science reports during the regularly televised news program. The Online NewsHour Web site extends the reach of the science reports by housing the broadcast transcripts of the science reports, as well as ... »
  • Views on Science and Education (VOSE)
    Date: 10/11/2006
    Resource Category: Self-Assessment
    The Views on Science and Education Questionnaire (VOSE) was designed to assess attitudes towards and knowledge of the “nature of science,”(NOS) as well as the teaching practices related to NOS. ... »
  • Formative Evaluation of “Inventors’ Workshop” Prototype Web Game - FULL REPORT
    Date: 10/06/2006
    Resource Category: Formative
    During half-hour sessions, four third grade girls and four third grade boys from a Long Island elementary school were observed individually while playing an early prototype of a computer game called 'Inventors' Workshop. The procedure involved assessment of student interpretation of the part visuals and renaming of parts once the game had been ... »
  • Monarch Butterfly Larva Monitoring: a Nationwide Citizen Science Initiative
    Date: 10/03/2006
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    The Monarch Butterfly Larval Monitoring project is a collaborative Citizen Science Project in which informal science education (ISE) institutions participate in research to measure the distribution and abundance of monarch butterfly larvae throughout the US, addressing the lack of knowledge about the breeding phase of the annual cycle. This ... »