The Lawrence Hall of Science Center for Research Evaluation and Assessment (http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/services_and_expertise/research_group)
conducted 26 follow-up interviews, and analyzed the surveys and interviews.
The final report can be found at:
Because the survey was voluntary (there was a drawing for a prize package as an incentive), it is likely that our respondents self-selected and are, as a group, more interested in coastal and ocean topics than a random sample of teachers would be. Our ACT plans to conduct a follow-up survey using random sampling techniques. We hope the results of the two surveys will provide the basis for our ACT and others to develop the most appropriate strategies, tools, resources, and professional development opportunities that will advance ocean literacy in grades K-12 and best meet teachers’ needs. In addition to guiding ACT efforts, the needs assessment work will be useful to the ocean literacy community as a whole. There is a network of organizations and individuals that has worked diligently to develop the ocean literacy principles, and that is taking steps to promote the teaching of these principles in schools. However, to date, no one has conducted a needs assessment effort on the scale that the ACT is undertaking. The results and findings from this research will be disseminated to others working on this issue to help inform and guide their efforts as well.