Astrobiology in Secondary Classrooms Evaluation
The goals of the Astrobiology in Secondary Classrooms evaluation are to test the effectiveness of the curriculum in increasing student scientific knowledge, science literacy, the ability to work with real-word data sets, and to develop skills in the STEM areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A special focus of the evaluation is to determine how well the curriculum addresses the unique learning issues of diversity in both formal and informal educational settings
The evaluation of the ASC curriculum is beginning with field-testing of the materials in five U.S. locations where more than 80 percent of the students are members of the Native American, African American, or Hispanic American communities. The partners in the field-testing phase include schools or after school programs on two Native American reservations and three sites designated as NASA Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academies.
The ASC module design includes research-based teaching strategies that diminish achievement gaps and increase participation of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Evaluation of the ASC curriculum will include implementation measures, teacher feedback and a web based learning community of teachers working collaboratively with scientists and curriculum developers to improve the modules.