Evaluation

Graduate Resident and Participating Lead Teacher Surveys

Surveys are administered to graduate Residents and participating middle school Lead Teachers in the summer and subsequent spring of each program year. The purpose of the surveys is to determine the extent to which changes occur over time in Residents' and Lead Teachers' knowledge about mathematics and/or science content, comfort in teaching and learning certain concepts, confidence in the ability to engage in inquiry-based practices, and perceptions of their levels of competence over time.

Variables measured by the graduate Residents survey includes:

  • Major field of study; highest degree held; and previous teaching experience.
  • Perceptions about the teaching and learning of mathematics;
  • Perceptions of how well prepared individual is to teach mathematics or science topics at the undergraduate and K-12 levels;
  • Comfort with using certain instructional practices with undergraduates and K-12 students;
  • Ability to help K-12 teachers in teaching mathematics or science;
  • Likelihood of pursuing certain career options;
  • Interest in pursuing different responsibilities as a faculty member;
  • Characteristics of faculty, teachers, and others associated with the GK-12 project or not associated with the project; and
  • Characteristics of peers associated with the GK-12 project.

Variables measured by the teacher survey includes:

  • Teaching experience;
  • Classes taught during past academic year;
  • Beliefs about the teaching and learning of mathematics or science;
  • Perceptions of how well prepared individual is to teach mathematics or science topics at the middle school level;
  • Comfort with using certain instructional practices in teaching mathematics or science;
  • Perception of overall mathematics or science achievement level of students in target class;
  • Emphasis placed on certain instructional tasks and instructional activities.