DragonflyTV Formative Evaluation of Three Shows

April 17th, 2002 | EVALUATION

With support from the National Science Foundation and Best Buy, Twin Cities Public Television has produced a science series for children. Entitled "DragonflyTV," the series presents real kids engaged in real science to promote the process of science inquiry in viewers. This formative evaluation gathered feedback from 5th and 6th graders in response to three 28 minute videos, presented one per week. The following were the general research goals:

  • To evaluate change in student ability to design an experiment
  • To measure change in interest in doing one's own science investigation
  • To determine differences in student ratings of the importance of four procedures in science investigation
  • The interview protocol used in this study is featured on page 25 of the report.

  • To look for impact on attitude toward the corporate sponsor's involvement in helping kids learn
  • To assess appeal of the series of three shows overall and of individual segments.
  • Document


    Team Members

    Barbara Flagg, Evaluator, Multimedia Research
    Twin Cities Public Television, Contributor


    Funding Source: NSF
    Funding Program: ISE/AISL
    Award Number: 9909828
    Funding Amount: 1089290

    Funding Source: Donor

    Related URLs

    DragonflyTV: A New Science Show for Children


    Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals
    Discipline: Education and learning science | Nature of science
    Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Formative | Interview Protocol | Research and Evaluation Instruments
    Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Media and Technology