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A study was conducted at the Metro Children’sWater Festival (CWF) in St Paul, Minnesota in the
fall of 2008 where 44 schools and more than 1,200 fifth grade students participated in the one
day event. The purpose of the study was to assess the validity of an observation tool for
informal science education around Field Day programs. Content validity (Modified Delphi) and
coder reliability of the observation tool was established the previous years (NSF, #0635559).
Items from the observation tool were mapped to students’ evaluation questions to determine
the degree to which observed characteristics of the field day are aligned with student
perception. It is conceivable that they don’t align. Students’ assessment of their experience is
based on factors that have little to do with what educators care about. Significant correlations
support the validity; lack there of, on the other hand, does not indicate that the tool isn’t valid.
Carlson, S., Storksdieck, M., Heimlich, J. (2009). Best Practices for Field Days: Validating an Informal Science Education Field Day Observation Tool. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
Best Practices for Field Days;
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Carlson, Stephan; Storksdieck, Martin; Heimlich, Joe.
Best Practices for Field Days: Validating an Informal Science Education Field Day Observation Tool.
St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
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