Evaluation of AMNH Science Bulletin “Evolution in Action” Trilingual version

May 1st, 2010 | EVALUATION

"Evolution in Action: Isolation and Speciation in the Lower Congo" is a 9-minute documentary about a team of researchers working to understand what is driving the rapid evolution and speciation of fishes in the Lower Congo River. The evaluation was designed to probe the following: 1) Connection and Interest in the science content 2) Connections between the scientific story and other topics of personal interest 3) Implications of the multilingual versions for disseminating science to the public and to science educators The participants included international education students who work in variety of bilingual programs and secondary school science teachers. Based on the responses and reactions to the DVD, its content, format, and application - we found Evolution in Action offered teaching and learning opportunities for different types of teachers working with a variety of students. The evaluation found that multilingual versions of Science Bulletins videos (and other similar media) are an effective means of: scaffolding science for ELL students through visual resources; highlighting geopolitical dimensions of science research and teaching; and promoting discussion of English Language Arts skills. Included in this report is the questionnaire used in the study.



Team Members

Maritza Macdonald, Evaluator, American Museum Natural History
American Museum Natural History, Contributor


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 0824302
Funding Amount: 68883

Related URLs

Evolution in a Vortex: Public Outreach on Freshwater Science in the Congo River


Access and Inclusion: English Language Learners | Ethnic | Racial | Hispanic | Latinx Communities
Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | General Public | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science | Life science
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Research and Evaluation Instruments | Summative | Survey
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Media and Technology