Evidence-based research is an important factor in the attempt to determine the overall impact of an educational program. Since its inception AFT has received positive reviews, however the Georgia Board of Regents conducted an empirical study of this program to measure its effectiveness. The study is based on data from 2004-2007.
Summary research results
- 69% of all participants report that AFT either made them want to or reinforced their decision to become a teacher
- The majority of participants stated that they improved their teaching skills through the AFT program
- In 2007, 32% and 56% of participants stated that they learned new science and math content, respectively through the AFT program
- Over 3 years, an average of 57% of all participants stated that they want to teach science/math and 16% stated that they want to pursue a related SM field
- Virtually all of the participants reported that they wanted to return to AFT the following year
- 33-50% of the participants who are eligible to return to AFT for a 2nd year do so
The effectiveness of a summer program to attract minority students into mathematics and science teaching, their attitudes toward science, mathematics and teaching, and their decision to attend college
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