The Research Group

Examples of Our Work

High Hopes — Few Opportunities
Girl looking at animal specimen The purpose of this 2011 report was to examine the status of science education in California. The research revealed that while educators and members of the public strongly believe that science education is important, it is not a priority in California's elementary schools because of the pressures of existing accountability systems that focus on English language arts and mathematics. The Research Group collaborated with several institutions to conduct this research study.
Funder: S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation


The Status of Science Education in Bay Area Elementary Schools
Science Education in Bay Area Elementary Schools screen shotCalifornia is home to much US innovation in science and technology. At the same time, the San Francisco Bay Area region produces inadequate achievement results among its students. This research study examines the status of science education in Bay Area elementary schools and offers insights about why students in this region are not performing well in science.
Funder: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation


Kepler Mission Education and Public Outreach
Kepler site screen shotThe Research Group investigates the components of the education and public outreach programs of NASA's Kepler mission, including school curriculum, a planetarium show, and radio broadcasts.
Funder: NASA


Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE)—California
COSEE site screenshotThe Research Group serves as the independent evaluators for this multifaceted program dedicated to enhancing the general public’s understanding and appreciation of the ocean.
Funder: National Science Foundation


Communicating Ocean Science to Informal Audiences (COSIA)
COSIA on COSEE site screen shotThe Research Group staff serve as the internal evaluator for this NSF-funded project designed to help the next generation of ocean scientists learn how to more effectively communicate their research to the public.
Funder: National Science Foundation


Full Option Science System (FOSS) Multimedia Materials
FOSS Web screen shotThe Research Group evaluates the multimedia materials that are part of the FOSS curriculum—a hands-on, inquiry-based science curriculum that addresses a variety of science topics.
Funder: Full Option Science System


Project Exploration
Project Exploration screen shotProject Exploration contracted with the Research Group to undertake a 10-year retrospective study of Project Exploration programming. The review was designed to evaluate the impact of Project Exploration programs in terms of alumni interest and participation in science, and educational and career aspirations and attainment. In particular, the factors that affected students' decisions to get involved, and stay involved with science—and Project Exploration—over time.
Funder: Project Exploration