The Adventure of the American Mind
program undergoes continuous evaluation. The evaluation process
takes the form of both internal or self evaluation, and external
or objective evaluation. Each AAM
Partner is constantly evaluating
their implementation of the program and modifying their
approach based on student
feedback and objective measures of student performance
such as tests and assignments. These experiences and
lessons learned are reported twice monthly in the ERC
Introduction and Report
Twice a year the
AAM administrative office conducts an in-depth survey
This report contains a summation of all earlier editions,
so the reader need only read the current report to gain
insight into the program's history.
The current AAM Report
was published on February 1, 2004.
The next report will be published August
The AAM Book
A book documenting
the first four years of the AAM program is currently
and written by Dr. Jim Brown
of Mars Hill College and will be co-edited by Dr. Chris
Dennen, National AAM Program Director. This will be a narrative
"how to" manual for the AAM program to date.
This manual will provide valuable theories, methods, and
individuals interested in designing and redesigning a technology
instructional infrastructure for pre-service and in-service
educators. The book will include:
- a history of the project
- a description of the program
strategies and outcomes
- a description of the graduate
and undergraduate programs
- a description of the workshops
- summary of teaching and presentation methods
and their strengths and weaknesses
- recommended curriculum
- recommended implementation strategies
This book will be
available electronically, at no cost, through the AAM Web site.
Publication date: May 2004
2003 Independent Assessment
Publication date: April 2004
Executive Summary & Assessment
This study is a summative evaluation of the first four years of the AAM program. The assessment was conducted by the Education Development Center for Children and Technology (EDC) located in New York City.
The goals of this evaluation are three-fold:
First, to describe key outcomes of the four-year AAM program in terms of the program's impact on participating teachers and students. The EDC investigated the impact on teachers along four dimensions:
- their use of primary sources in teaching
- their use of technology in teaching
- their use of inquiry-based pedagogies in lesson planning
- their participation in networks of professional growth.
They also investigated the program's impact on students in terms of their ability to find and actively read and interpret digitized primary documents.
Second, the evaluation describes differences in instructional approaches between the participating colleges and universities, known as Partners, to determine which instructional approaches are associated with more successful teacher outcomes as described above.
Third, the evaluation offers portraits of the different kinds of teacher and student learners who have experienced the AAM project, as a way of making tangible the impact that the program has had for individuals and groups.
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