"The Evolution of Responsive Education Program Evaluation at the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals"
26th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Session Abstract: The Iowa State University Research Institute for Studies in Education (RISE) has managed the evaluation of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) pre-college education programs for the center’s four project years. A longitudinal study of the CBiRC Research Experience for Teachers (RET) highlights the evolution of the overall evaluation design, where the essential feature of the approach is responsiveness to key issues or methodological problems developed throughout the maturation of this professional development program for high school teachers. The continual adaptation of the evaluation’s goals and data collection for the RET emphasizes the value of a highly integrated, yet flexible, evaluation framework, where the evaluation rigorously generates and seeks to answer basic research hypotheses about the program’s components. Research-based measures of programmatic success have stimulated continued innovation in the design features of both the evaluation and the education program.#CollegeAccessPrograms #2012Conference #EvaluatingCollegeAccessProgramsinEngineering