Program evaluation and assessment
The Center for Science Teaching and Learning offers program evaluation and assessment for teacher preparation, teacher professional development and higher education STEM programs.
Program evaluations conducted by the CSTL
involve a broad range of both quantitative and qualitative methods of social
research to better understand how STEM educational
programs are working, what program activities are going well, what should to be
improved, and the overall merit of the STEM program.
We use a variety of evaluation approaches in our work, depending on the
stakeholder interest, the program requirements and/or what makes sense for the
specific context. The CSTL strongly supports theory-based evaluation approaches
and can help programs with elucidating logic models and program theory.
We offer program evaluation and assessment for pre-K-12 and higher education science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, including:
- proposal development
- data analysis and reporting
- planning to achieve program goals
- identifying areas for improvement
- focus group facilitation
Needs assessmentWhat are the specific educational or support needs in a population or a group of
do students know, understand, and do with their knowledge
as a result of their educational experiences?
evaluation)How is the program operating? Is the program being implemented as
evaluationDid the program meet goals and objectives? Did it make a
researchIn-depth inquiry into “education and learning processes and
the human attributes, interactions, organizations, and institutions that shape
educational outcomes” (AERA).
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