Education Breakthrough: Students say Destination Imagination has Helped them "do Better in School"

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Educators and parents seeking a tool to help students improve test scores, participate in classroom activities, respect others, communicate and think creatively may have found just what they need in Destination Imagination. The non-profit, after school program teaches creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, leadership, teamwork and other skills necessary to be succcessful in school, work and in life. Students involved in Destination Imagination test better because they see a test as a challenge, and they love challenges.

Destination Imagination helps students do better in school

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.

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
  •     Neutral
  •     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
92.9% yes
6% neutral
1.1% disagree

DI teaches the creative process
95.6% yes
3.3% neutral
1.1% disagree

Critical thinking skills enhanced
95.1% yes
2.4% neutral
2.4% disagree

DI takes too much time away from school
63% disagree
23.7% neutral
13.3% yes

DI improves my leadership skills
80.8% yes
15.1% neutral
4.1% disagree

DI teaches valuable communication skills
84% yes
13.5% neutral
2.6% disagree

DI helps me do better in school
60% yes
30.7% neutral
9.4% no

I solve problems better because of DI
87.3% yes
9.6% neutral
3.1% disagree

Schools should make time for DI programs
89% yes
8.1% neutral
3% no

DI helps me develop respect for others
84.4% yes
13% neutral
2.6% no

Grades have improved since taking part in DI
42.6% yes
42.6% neutral
14.8% no

DI builds my confidence in new situations
84.9% yes
11.9% neutral
3.2% no

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