INTERPRETING RESULTS OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GEOSCIENCE TEACHERS 2014 MEMBERSHIP SURVEY
The results of the survey showed that current members consistently rated NAGT’s services higher than lapsed members rated them. On survey questions containing a rating scale of 1 to 5, current members rated NAGT’s services an average of 0.78 points higher than lapsed members rated them. The highest-scoring aspect of NAGT in both the current and lapsed member surveys was its advocacy efforts. The other highest-scoring sections from the current member survey were workshops, the online collection of teaching resources, and the collection of On the Cutting Edge resources. The other highest-scoring sections in the lapsed member survey were sponsorship of networking and social events, the Journal of Geoscience Education, and the online collection of teaching resources. Overall, 100% of NAGT’s services were rated 3.0 (“important”) or above by current members. 46% were rated 3.0 or above by lapsed members. The results suggest that current members value NAGT’s priorities; therefore, the organization should continue to put its greatest focus on advocacy, teaching resources, and workshop funding. The information and written suggestions provided by the survey indicate that lapsed members found less value in certain services. These results will inform NAGT’s plan for the organization’s future needs, as well as provide a compass for retaining members and resolving lapsed members’ issues with the organization’s services.