Post-RET Survey
Teachers
August 2010

You are being asked to participate in this survey so that we may better understand your expectations and experiences with the NEU RET program. Your participation in this survey is voluntary, and you may skip any questions you like. Your opinions are very highly valued, and your feedback will be used to improve the program. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the administrators of this survey: Rebecca Peterfreund Zarch (rzarch@sagefoxgroup.com) or Program Director Claire Duggan (cduggan@neu.edu).

1.
Do you teach at a:
Community College
High School
Middle School
Other

2.
What subject(s) do you teach?

3.
How many years have you been teaching?
fewer than 2
3 to 5
6 to 10
11 to 15
16 and more

4.
What is the highest degree you've attained?
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral

5.
In what year did you obtain this degree?

6.
Have you participated in an RET program before?
No
Yes

7.
If you have participated in an RET program before, when and where did you participate?

8.
What is your gender?
Female
Male

9.
To which racial and/or ethnic group(s) do you belong? (Check all that apply)
African American or Black
American Indian or Alaska Native
Asian
Hispanic, Latino or Chicano
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander (including Filipino)
White
Other

10.
Which of these pre-experimental activities did you partake in during your summer research experience? (choose all that apply)
Creating your own hypotheses
Creating experimental design strategies to test hypothesis
Writing proposals (or portions of proposals)
Conducting a comprehensive literature review

11.
Which of these activities during experiments did you partake in during your summer research experience? (choose all that apply)
Basic lab support tasks (cleaning, organizing etc)
Conducting experiments to produce data
Working independently
Working as part of a team
Engaging in scientific dialog with the research team
attending weekly lab meetings

12.
Which of these post-experimental activities did you partake in during your summer research experience? (choose all that apply)
Preparing data (graphs, tables) to be used in technical documents
Analyzing data
Helping to prepare a poster (other than for the RET poster session on 10/5)
Presenting a poster at a conference (other than for the RET poster session on 10/5)
Writing a scientific paper for submission to a peer-reviewed journal
Presenting a talk at a conference

13.
What other, if any, activities did you engage in?

14.
Please indicate the extent to which you agree with the following statements
Strongly agree
Agree
Neither agree nor disagree
Disagree
Strongly disagree
I was treated with respect by the people I worked with
The leader of the research group was accessible
My research will result (or has resulted) in the opportunity to present results at a professional conference
My scientific background was adequate in order to perform the research
I am excited about doing more research
I would recommend the NE RET to others
I enjoyed activities at Northeastern outside of the research experience
I was able to develop relationships with other RET participants that will continue past the RET experience
I will be able to bring lessons learned from my research experience into my classroom
The RET experience will change how I approach science in my classrooms

15.
If you have any additional comments about the above, please provide them here

16.
Please indicate the value you associated with each of the following activities.
Very valuable
Of moderate value
Not valuable
A waste of time
Did not participate
Professional Development workshops (How People Learn)
Field Trips
Lesson Development activities
Preparing a research presentation
Brown bag lunch series
Participating in the RET blog

17.
If you have additional comments about the above activities, please provide them here:

18.
How do you expect the RET program will influence your curriculum?

19.
How do you expect the RET program will influence your pedagogy?

20.
How do you expect the RET program will influence your personal and/or professional development?

21.
What impact do you anticipate that your RET experience will have on your professional career?

22.
Did you have contact with your research mentor (or other members of the research team) before coming to Northeastern?
No
Yes

23.
If yes, please describe what information was shared

24.
Do you think you will be communicating with your research mentor (or other members of the research team) from Northeastern after the summer?
No
Yes

25.
If yes, what might this communication concern?

26.
Had you done any lab-based research prior to last summer?
No
Yes

27.
If yes, please describe what you did

28.
Do you anticipate continuing to participate in the research from this summer?
No
Yes

29.
If yes, please explain your intentions

30.
If you have had other research experiences, how did they compare to the summer research experience at Northeastern?

31.
Please use this space to provide any other comments or suggestions about the RET experience at Northeastern.