Impact what do urban student think about sciencePresentation Transcript
What do secondary school students in
high needs urban schools think of
science? A survey of student
perceptions of the value of science.
Charlene M. Czerniak, Professor
Gale A. Mentzer, Evaluator
Funded by the United States Department of Education
Goals of IMPACT
• Increase the number of high quality science teachers in
Toledo Public Schools and the Toledo area by adding 20
science teachers with a MS in Biology degree.
• Maintain a minimum of 90% retention of participants.
• 100% of program completers will remain as science teachers
in TPS or other high needs schools for at least two years after
• Improve student academic achievement in science in IMPACT
• Increase the number of secondary school students enrolled in
upper level science courses by 20% in the schools where
• Increase the number of secondary school students who plan
to pursue postsecondary education in a science-related field
by 15% in the classes taught by IMPACT teachers.
• EEES 6606 Lab and Field Methods Field Ecology
• EEES 6607 Data Mgt & Interpretation
• EEES 6600 Foundations of Ecology
• EEES 6930 Ecology Seminar : Intro to Grad. Studies
• CI 5890 Project Based Science
• EEES 5750 Conservation Biology
• Patterns in Biodiversity: Lab & Field
• Ecological Theory
• EEES 6400 Biostatistics
• EEES 5250 Soil Ecology
• Independent Study
• Master’s Project
Project Based Science (PBS)
Project-Based Science organizes science
class around a driving question.
Instruction focuses on answering the
driving question: investigations,
computer work, library research, class
discussions, and student-designed
experiments Krajcik, J., & Czerniak, C. M. (2007). Teaching Science in
Elementary and Middle School. New York: Taylor & Francis
Michelle, Lisa, and Mary Lynn’s PBS Unit
Would you go swimming in Shanty Creek?
1. What is in the water?
a. Quality Testing
b. Living Organism
2. How does it get in there?
a. What are watersheds
b. Identify Local Systems
• 20 items
• 2 scales
• Value of science
• Interest in science
Treatment n Control n
Value Scale Mean Standard Dev.
Treatment 16.08 1.60
Control 15.97 1.52
Mean Standard Dev.
Treatment 16.25 1.45
Control 15.98 1.42
Value of sciencePersonal Perception
Value Scale Mean Standard Dev. Effect Size Interpretation
Treatment 16.56 1.75 0.33 small
Control 16.46 1. 78 0.33 small
Mean Standard Dev. Effect Size Interpretation
Treatment 15.48 1.70 -0.45 medium
Control 15.59 1.68 -0.25 small
What does all this mean?
For more information:
• Dr. Gale A. Mentzer
• Dr. Charlene M. Czerniak