Students also report they participate more in classroom activities, conduct themselves better, get along with others better, and are focused on learning and achieving. All of this is good news for anyone involved in school administration or teaching.
CHERRY HILL, NJ (PRWEB) August 20, 2012
Good new for educators and parents: students credit Destination Imagination with better grades and say participation has helped them "do better in school."
For the second year in a row, a random poll of students K-12 suggests that school officials, teachers and parents seeking a tool to help students improve their grades and "do better in school" should consider Destination Imagination's problem solving challenge programs.
The University of Tennessee analyzed data from a survey of more than 500 youth who participated in Destination Imagination's Global Finals competition in problem solving on the UT campus in May, and the results are identical to the findings of a similar survey of more than 800 competitors in Destination Imagination's Global Finals in 2011.
Students responding said they believed participation had helped them improve their grades, a majority said participation in Destination Imagination had helped them "do better in school," had improved their self confidence, helped them become better communicators, enhanced their respect for others, and had improved their creativity and problem solving skills.
"Back to back in two consecutive years, these two surveys show students understand that participation in Destination Imagination improves their academic performance, which is a key requirement in school accreditation and funding today," said Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination Imagination Inc. "Students also report they participate more in classroom activities, conduct themselves better, get along with others better, and are focused on learning and achieving. All of this is good news for anyone involved in school administration or teaching."
Educators, parents and group leaders of all kinds who would like to start a team, support a team, or learn more about Destination Imagination should log onto http://www.destinationimagination.org.
In the structured survey administered by the university this year, students filled out forms that asked them to rate their responses to the survey statements as:
- Totally disagree
- Disagree some
- Agree a lot
- A major yes!
- Don't know
The statements students to which students were asked to respond by checking a box were:
1. I learn really useful things from DI that I don't learn in school
2. DI teaches me the creative process
3. DI helps me develop valuable critical thinking skills
4. DI takes too much time away from school
5. My leadership skills have improved since I started doing DI
6. I learn valuable communication skills in DI
7. DI helps me to do better in school
8. I solve problems better because of DI
9. Schools should make time for DI programs
10. Working on teams helps me develop respect for others
11. My grades have improved since taking part in DI
12. DI has given me confidence in situations that are new to me
Results were as follows (Agree a lot and a major yes have been combined as yes):
Learn useful things from DI I don't learn in school
DI teaches the creative process
Critical thinking skills enhanced
DI takes too much time away from school
DI improves my leadership skills
DI teaches valuable communication skills
DI helps me do better in school
I solve problems better because of DI
Schools should make time for DI programs
DI helps me develop respect for others
Grades have improved since taking part in DI
DI builds my confidence in new situations