2005-1410 closing the assessment feedback loop: The use of a qualitative evaluation process from the joint hybrid-electric vehicle/NSF-penn state science education project

Elana Chapman, Nicola Ferralis, Robin Tallon, Leanne Avery, Phil Henning, William Carlsen, Daniel Connell Haworth

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Penn State University has hosted a NSF sponsored GK-12 Outreach project for the past five years, and has just begun the second phase of the project. The Penn State project utilizes the talents of many science and engineering graduate students as teachers, mentors and role models for the K-12 classrooms. The project focuses on developing skills of students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through the use of Advanced Transportation Technologies. The GK-12 students are invited to participate in research in various ways in support of Advanced Transportation Technology such as undergraduate/graduate student competitions like Future Truck and Challenge X. The quantitative assessment planned at the onset of the project proved inadequate. Therefore, as the project progressed, a more qualitative approach was used to gather information about the attitudes of students with regard to science. As the project progressed, qualitative assessment was used to gather feedback from GK-12 teachers and students as to the value of the efforts, and served as a supportive feedback mechanism to the graduate students. This paper will review the assessment tools used in this project, and will present the data collected for the phase I and phase II of the project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1755-1767
Number of pages13
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2005
Event2005 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: The Changing Landscape of Engineering and Technology Education in a Global World - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Jun 12 2005Jun 15 2005


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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