Projects

JASON Multimedia Science Curriculum Multi-Year Evaluation
2000 - 2004

CCT conducted a longitudinal study of the impact of the JASON Multimedia Science curriculum on teachers and students. The Jason Project provides a diverse population of students and teachers with opportunities to learn about earth systems, life on earth, and technologies used to study the earth-space system. JASON uses a multimedia model for the curriculum's delivery that focuses on scientists doing science in the context of a research expedition, relates science to other subject domains, and provides for interactive learning. The curriculum provides teachers with instructional tools that align academic standards, the research environment of a new curriculum topic each year, and student performance measures in support of state standards and assessment initiatives. In our evaluation research, CCT collected and analyzed pre/post-science inquiry problem-solving tasks between JASON and non-JASON students; reviewed videotapes of students' year-end project presentations; examined school/district demographic information; conducted teacher and students interviews/surveys, classroom observations, and focus groups; and analyzed JASON and non-JASON students' standardized science test scores.

In addition to our own evaluation, CCT was asked by the JASON Foundation to administer the grant reporting for the Star School-funded JASON Next Generation project. Next Generation encompasses three separate but related programs as well as their respective evaluations: the JASON Academy project and its SRI evaluation research, the JASON Beyond School project and its internal evaluation program, and the JASON Multimedia Science Curriculum and CCT's longitudinal evaluation. At the conclusion of each year, CCT combined the research output of each study into a unified report.

STAFF

Harouna Ba (PI)
Noga Admon
Louisa Anderson
Odalys Diaz
Lauren Goldenberg
Cricket Heinze
Andrew Hess