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Current Impact

How We Began | Great Diseases Project | Current Impact | Where We’re Headed


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Each of the disease modules (Infectious Disease, Neurological Disorders, Metabolic Disease and Cancer) have now been extensively piloted and evaluated for over 3 years in high schools in the Boston area and nationwide. Successful workshops at the National Science Teachers Association conference continue to extend interest in the curriculum. Each summer the Center offers professional development workshops in Boston and throughout the country. All in all the curriculum has been used in hundreds of classrooms around the country, with thousands of students having experienced aspects of the Great Diseases Curriculum.

We chiefly measure our success by increased content knowledge and improved problem solving and critical thinking abilities, gains in student engagement with the subject matter, and self-efficacy in study of the topics – a critical element of fostering the independent learning they will need to keep abreast of their health management even if they do not pursue a STEM career. Outcomes assessments are carried out by researchers and an independent firm of evaluators and submitted for peer review. A list of our publications can be found here on our website.

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