San Francisco Health Investigators & the Development of the Researcher Identity Scale (RIS): An Example of Immersive Collaborative Assessment Development

The San Francisco Health Investigators program, developed and led by the Science and Health Education Partnership at UC San Francisco is a year-long public health internship program that engages high school students in conducting research in their communities in San Francisco.

In this presentation, we will discuss the structure of the program and how it has evolved over the past three years, as well as our assessment of outcomes for participants. Over the last few years, we have developed a number of assessments on health related issues such as infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance. We have also developed a novel “Researcher Identity” instrument to measure a high school student’s self identification as a researcher. The researcher identity instrument has been developed in multiple formats and undergone multiple iterations. Theoretically imagined to be a four dimensional construct, we used the partial credit model which is a Rasch-based item response model to investigate the psychometric properties of the instrument.

Linda Morell researches and lectures on critical issues in educational assessment and evaluation. She teaches program evaluation in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Her courses address evaluation theory, design, and methodology. She also directs research projects from the BEAR Center. She leads the assessment component of the San Francisco Health Investigators (SFHI) project through a grant to UC San Francisco from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She directs the IES-funded project, Developing & Testing Multi-Component Computer-Based Assessment Tasks for the Next Generation Science Standards. She writes and speaks about current issues in educational research.

Shruti Bathia is pursuing her PhD from the Graduate School of Education, University of California Berkeley. Her research is aimed at identifying legitimate objective conclusions of human behavior through data driven observations. She is a recipient of the Professor K Patricia Cross Collaborative Scholarship awarded by University of California, Berkeley for showing interest in and promise as creative future leaders in teaching and learning. She is currently appointed as the Lead Researcher at the Sutardja Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology, University of California Berkeley.

Rebecca Smith, PhD is a scientist-educator who has supported science teaching and learning in the public schools of San Francisco for more than 20 years. As Co-Director of the UC San Francisco Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP), Rebecca has designed innovative learning experiences that engage learners, from youths to adults, as scientists, helping them to discover big ideas in science and to learn how to think critically and make conclusions using evidence.Rebecca is a contributing author of STEM to Story: Enthralling and Effective Lesson Plans for Grades 5-8 and a co-author of Watch Your Mouth and Discover What’s Alive Inside. In addition, she co-founded the Bay Area Science Festival and annual 10-day celebration of science that draws more than 70,000 people to its 50+ events.

Ben Koo, PhD is an Academic Coordinator of the Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Ben brings together his background in science research with his classroom teaching experience as a middle school science teacher in a high-need urban setting to focus on developing and implementing creative, engaging and culturally relevant science education programming and curriculum to engage and empower students in the San Francisco bay area. He is an experienced science educator with over 10 years of experience developing and coordinating programs to partner scientists from UCSF with San Francisco Unified School district teachers and students with the goal of improving and changing science education. He is currently a fellow with the NSF-funded OneSky Institute for rethinking broadening participation in STEM.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 2:00pm
2121 Berkeley Way West