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ChevronEnjoy Science Newsletter Issue No.24

ChevronEnjoy Science Newsletter Issue No.24

The Chevron Enjoy Science project proves its possible for kids to Enjoy Science in school

The Chevron Enjoy Science Project, a five-year, public-private partnership to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, and technical vocational education and training (TVET) nationwide has now progressed to its halfway point. The project has unified and leveraged the strengths of a range of partners in civil society, academia, the private sector and government to help teachers and school leaders improve learning methods and ultimately lead to better student outcomes. At present, the project has benefited more than 700 schools and over 972,000 of students, teachers, principals, education personnel and workers throughout the country.

Although reaching the project’s target milestones is important, Chevron Enjoy Science ultimately aims to improve education outcomes of students. Having a rigorous evaluation is critical to measuring the true impact of the project. To foster transparency and credibility, the evaluation is handled by external agencies and organizations. For this purpose, Management International Systems (MSI) leads the evaluation in partnership with a National Research Team (NRT) – composed of some 50 faculty members and researchers from 15 universities nationwide – to collect, consolidate and analyze data to evaluate the project.

The purpose of the project evaluation is to deliver a thorough and reliable measurement of program effectiveness in two core programmatic components: STEM (grades 7-9, basic education) and TVET (grades 10-12 and 13-14, vocational education).

Data is collected at three points over the course of the project: initial, midline and endline. The evaluation utilizes mixed methods—both qualitative and quantitative. Primary data for the evaluation consists of student surveys, teacher surveys, classroom observations, focus group discussions, and teacher interviews.

The evaluation also involved comparing Ordinary National Educational Test (O-NET) – for general education students – and Vocational National Educational Test (V-NET) scores – for vocational level students.
A matching analysis was run to select treatment and control schools with comparable characteristics. Key characteristics include school location, size of school, the administrative oversight authority, and national test scores (O-NET, V-NET). A total of 266 schools from 54 provinces participated in the evaluation, reaching 14,599 students and 629 teachers.
Overall, the main findings from this evaluation at the initial point showed positive treatment effect, with the Enjoy Science schools outperforming the control schools.

With regard to the STEM component, differences in student engagement, student skills in applied science, and student selection of STEM-related tracks were statistically significant in favor of the Enjoy Science schools. Students displayed heightened enthusiasm about coursework, and were able to apply more classroom knowledge to their daily lives. For example, 70% of treatment schools utilized inquiry-based teaching methods and laboratory investigations, resulting in students being able to carry out group activities and conduct discussions with peers. In contrast, nearly 50% of teachers in the control schools continued to employ lecture-based teaching and assigned only individual student work.

Meanwhile, results for the TVET component showed that 40% of participating vocational colleges used a project-based learning approach in science classes, compared to 24% of control cohort teachers. The evaluation also showed that 64% of students at participating vocational institutes had a positive attitude towards science subjects and 95% of teachers confirmed that students enjoyed learning science more.

Findings from the evaluation will contribute to the improvement of Thailand’s education system and policy development. The Chevron Enjoy Science Project strives to make a meaningful and sustainable contribution to improving education in Thailand, and this recent evaluation encourages personnel within Thailand’s education space to become active in bringing about changes that will benefit teachers and students. A full copy of the baseline evaluation report can be found at

Monitoring and Evaluation

Newsletter Issue 24 ENG

Date

May 31, 2018

Category

Newsletter