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Grade data for all semesters of physics and oceanography were organized in Powergrade.  Surveys were given online and collected electronically.  Field notes were organized in a journal typed when appropriate.


The length of the study for oceanography students was one school year.  This year coincided with the 2006-2007 school year.  The length of study for the physics class was one school year that coincided with the 2007-2008 school year.  The study of the Mean Green Team occurred over two school years, 2006-2008.  

Data was collected every week.  Grade data was collected almost daily for non-best practices fieldwork.  Best practices fieldwork grade data was collected four times during the 2006-2007 school year for oceanography and mean green team students, and five times during the first semester of the 2007-2008 school year for physics students. Field notes were collected at all field activities related to oceanography, physics or the mean green team.  Field notes were collected during traditional classroom activities at regular intervals of once a month for oceanography and physics and once a week for Mean Green Team meetings.

Post-test surveys were given out to oceanography students at the conclusion of the 2006-2007 school year.  Pre-test surveys were given to physics students at the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year; post-test surveys were given to physics students at the end of the 2007-2008 school year.  Post test surveys were given out to Mean Green Team students at the end of the 2006-2007 school year.

Surveys involved questions with close ended answers that asked students to rank their agreement with a  statement from one to five.  One represented a strong agreement with the statement while five represented a strong disagreement with the statement.  Few open ended

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