Project TECHNOcean Research

General Ocean Knowledge

The graphs below display the pre-assessment score levels as a blue bar and the red bar on top shows the increase in the proportion of students that answered that question correctly. If the same or a lower proportion of students answered the question correctly during the post-assessment, no red bar is shown. Pre- and post-assessment comparisons were possible between CFMS's 6th and 7th grade and MMS's 8th grade. Although the proportion of students who initially answered questions correctly varied greatly between schools (see Figures 1-3), both CFMS 7thgrade and MMS 8thgrade showed similar increases in their scores. These two grades both had graduate students and showed improvement on many of the questions, while the grade that did not have graduate students (CFMS's 6th grade) did not show as much improvement. This illustrates the impact that the TECHNOcean graduate students had in the classroom. They were able to increase students' knowledge about different aspects of the ocean regardless of the students' initial knowledge level.

CFMS 6th Grade

CFMS 7th Grade

MMS 8th Grade

As illustrated in the above figures, there were a few questions that students in all grade levels had trouble answering correctly, number 5 and number 9 especially. Question 5 asked students "What produces most of the earth's oxygen?" - with the correct answer being Plants (algae) in the ocean. Most students answered Forests in both the pre- and post-assessment. Question 9 asked "Where is most of the life in the ocean found?" When choosing between the Coast, Open Ocean, and Deep Ocean, students did not know that most life is found along the coasts. This lack of knowledge illustrated some of the misconceptions that the students had about the ocean. The graduate students were not required to cover all of the material on the assessment and much of the instruction focused on ocean monitoring, exploration, and conservation, not individual facts. This may explain why some questions did not show an increase in number of students answering correctly in the post-assessment.

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