The WEB Project employed two basic strategies for improvement:
internal research and data collection and external evaluation. Project
administrators and trainers used satisfaction surveys and feedback
forms to improve the quality of workshops while teachers engaged
in action research to develop and improve curriculum.
In order to evaluate our project for student learning
outcomes, RMC Research Corporation, Denver adapted a conceptual
framework for learning presented by R.J. Sternberg. His model shows
that motivation drives metacognitive skills, which in turn activate
learning and thinking skills, which then provide feedback to the
metacognitive skills, enabling one's level of expertise. The declarative
("what I know") and procedural ("what I can do")
knowledge acquired through the extension of thinking and learning
skills also results in these skills being used more effectively
in the future.
Sternberg's model can be extended to encompass learning outcomes
as well. RMC Research performed a path analysis on the 1999 student
survey with the following results:
Through an assessment of student products, answers to surveys,
and scores on a standardized test of academic motivation, we hope
to determine whether The WEB Project is helping students to achieve
better academically and to engage in positive behaviors. The results
of this final phase of research and evaluation show student learning
in the areas measured. A previous interim report shows early evidence
of impact and has been posted for public viewing as well.
* Sternberg, R.J. (1998, April). Abilities are forms of developing
expertise. Educational Researcher, 27 (3), 11-20.