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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:

Comprehensive Conceptual Framework

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.

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