National Science Foundation-Supported Science Education Materials
HRD-76-134: Published: Oct 20, 1976. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 1976.
- Full Report:
Ten projects receiving National Science Foundation money for development and distribution of science education materials were studied.
Materials evaluations were poor and often were not carried out at all stages. Potential users and distributors were not considered in developmental stages, and the projects were not monitored efficiently. Many materials were too costly or innovative to be attractive commercially or to schools. Followup studies of materials' impact were rarely funded.
Matter for Congressional Consideration
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Matter: Congress should advise the Foundation whether to support commercially unattractive materials. The Foundation should be committed to administrative and financial support of evaluating education materials, requiring proposals to contain a separate evaluation plan indicating materials' objectives, an accomplishment evaluation design following set guidelines, and a budget line item for evaluation. Mandatory evaluation reports should be thoroughly reviewed by Foundation staff and offered as part of the materials package. Publishers and potential users should be included as proposal reviewers and reviewers during development. Guidelines should be established for project monitoring and progress reports.