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Arizona Science ConferenceOctober 8, 2011

Dr. Donna Andrews

Maria Newsome

Martin Casillas

California State University, Stanislaus

“Education is not the filling of the pail but the lighting of a fire.”

We surveyed 165 college students regarding their high school experience.

We were interested in qualities in highly effective instruction and learning strategies that prepared them for the transition to college.

50%

Content Knowledge

Compassionate

Sense of Humor

Respectful

Enthusiastic

50%

Parental Approval

Self-Motivation

Teacher Approval

Peer Approval

Getting in College

50%

Group Activities

Lecture

Hands-on Activities

Discussions

Student Presentations

50%

Group Projects

Research Papers

Individual Projects

Objective Tests

Essays

In Class Essays

- Above 4.0 = Knowledge of subject matter not as high as other attributes
- 4.0 = Lecture
- 3.5 - 4.0 = Hands on Activities
- 3.0 - 3.5 = Hands on Activities

35%

35%

45%

T-test Results: The current college level was recoded into a new dichotomous variable with categories of lower division and upper division. Lower division included freshmen and sophomores and upper division included juniors and seniors. Independent t-tests were performed to test the null hypothesis of no differences between the mean of lower division students and the mean of upper division students on the 10 attribute (dependent) variables. All t-tests were not significant. In all cases the null hypothesis was accepted. There were no significant differences in the 10 dependent variables between lower division students and upper division students.

Interpretation: Based on a ranking scale of 1-10, with 1 being the most important quality for a high school teacher to possess in promoting learning, the results indicate that lower division students and upper division students rank each of the qualities equally.

T-test Results: Independent t-tests were performed to test the null hypothesis of no differences between the mean of males and the mean of females on the 10 attribute (dependent) variables. Only one t-test was significant which resulted in rejection of the null hypothesis. There was a significant difference on the dependent variable enthusiasm / passion for teaching between males and females. The mean of males was significantly higher than the mean of females on the dependent variable enthusiasm / passion for teaching. (T=2.32, DF=99.122, p < 0.05). The test of equality of variances was significant. Variances are unequal. (F value = 2.27, P=0.0003).

Interpretation: Based on a ranking scale of 1-10, with 1 being the most important quality for a high school teacher to possess in promoting learning, the results indicate that females, as a group, rank the quality of enthusiasm / passion for teaching much more importantly than do males.

T-test Results: The high school GPA variable was recoded into a new dichotomous variable with categories of GPA above 4.0 and below 4.0. Independent t-tests were performed to test the null hypothesis of no differences between the mean of high school GPA above 4.0 and the mean of high school GPA below 4.0 on the 10 attribute (dependent) variables. Only one t-test was significant which resulted in rejection of the null hypothesis. There was a significant difference on the dependent variable knowledge of the subject matter between high school GPA above 4.0 and below 4.0. The mean of high school GPA below 4.0 was significantly higher than the mean of high school GPA above 4.0 on the dependent variable knowledge of the subject matter. (T=-1.98, DF=163, p < 0.05). The test of equality of variances was not significant. Variances are equal. (F value = 1.06, P=0.8349).

Interpretation: Based on a ranking scale of 1-10, with 1 being the most important quality for a high school teacher to possess in promoting learning, the results indicate that students with a high school GPA above 4.0 rank the quality knowledge of the subject matter much more importantly than do students with a high school GPA below 4.0.

- Routine Cognitive (filing, bookkeeping)
- Routine Manual (assembly line work)
- Expert Thinking (identifying and solving new problems)
- Complex Communication (eliciting critical information and conveying a convincing interpretation of it to others)

The Seven Survival Skills for Careers, College, & Citizenship in the 21st Century

From The Global Achievement Gap by Tony Wagner

1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

2. Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence

3. Agility and Adaptability

4. Initiative and Entrepreneurship

5. Effective Oral and Written Communication

6. Accessing and Analyzing Information

7. Curiosity and Imagination

* Investigate the impact of genetic engineering of crops on global and local food production, and populations.

*Test and analyze results of local water systems. Share the results of an investigation of water quality with neighboring communities in order to increase public awareness.

- Use graphing calculators and probes to collect and analyze environmental data (e.g., pH of streams) or contextual data (e.g., speed of cars in school zones).
- Select and research a stock listed on the New Stock Exchange. Estimate the projected outlook and profit margin, track, document, and offer rationale for its gain or loss over a period of time.

Podcasting in Geometry

Project with a Geometry class from Upper Arlington High School in Columbus, Ohio and the teacher credential students at California State University, Stanislaus

Your final grade will be calculated by multiplying my score by three (75 points total). The other 25 points will come from the evaluation by Pre-Service Teachers in California. Your total score will be out of 100 points.

- The podcast is accurate mathematically. The student has made the material easy to understand and has correctly emphasized the most important concepts. The presentation is well rehearsed and appropriate for all learners.
3The podcast is generally accurate and is most appropriate for a high school math student.

1The podcast contains some accurate information and would be most appropriate for our Geometry math class.

- The accompanying visual(s) is accurate and clearly explains the concepts being addressed. Even without the audio, the visual(s) can assist any learner to understand the concept presented in the podcast.
3The accompanying visual(s) is generally accurate and reasonably helpful for a high school math student.

- The accompanying visual(s) contains some accurate and/or helpful information and would be most appropriate in our Geometry math class.

- The websites provided have accurate and useful explanations that further clarify the topic presented in the podcast for anyone with a general math background.
3 The websites provided have generally accurate information and would be best for high school math students.

- The websites provided would be most appropriate for our Geometry class.

- The student has uploaded everything to the wiki correctly. The links, MP3 file and PDF are all active and able to be viewed by any person with Internet access.
- The student has uploaded a majority of the components to wiki correctly. Users can open the files and/or links with access to the specific software.
1 The student has attempted to upload to the wiki.

- The tutorial is easy to navigate and appropriate for all Internet users.
3 The tutorial can be navigated and would be most beneficial to a high school math student.

- The tutorial is accessible and would benefit a member of our Geometry class.