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ERIC Number: ED002923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1960-Jun-30
Pages: 117
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EVALUATION AND FOLLOWUP STUDY OF A SUMMER SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS PROGRAM FOR TALENTED SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS.
BASSETT, ROBERT D.; COOLEY, WILLIAM W.
THIS STUDY WAS TO EVALUATE A SUMMER PROGRAM IN SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FOR 60 PROMISING SCIENCE STUDENTS, AND TO DETERMINE THE EFFECTS OF SUCH A PROGRAM ON THE BEHAVIOR OF STUDENTS IN CLASSES DURING THE ENSUING YEAR AND ON THEIR FUTURE CAREER DECISIONS. THE FIRST 2 OF THE 10 WEEKS OF THIS PROGRAM THE STUDENTS WERE GIVEN ADVANCED INSTRUCTION BY VISITING SCIENTISTS AND THAYER ACADEMY PERSONNEL. THE MORNING CONSISTED OF CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION AND THE AFTERNOON WAS DEVOTED TO LABORATORY AND LIBRARY RESEARCH. EACH EVENING A VISITING SCIENTIST PRESENTED A REPORT OF RESEARCH ON A DIFFERENT FRONTIER OF SCIENCE. FOR CLASSES AND LABORATORY, THE GROUP WAS DIVIDED INTO FOUR SECTIONS, EACH ONE EMPHASIZING EITHER BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS, OR MATHEMATICS. THE SECTIONS WERE ASSIGNED ACCORDING TO THE STUDENT'S MAJOR INTERESTS. THE LAST 8 WEEKS OF THE PROGRAM WERE SPENT IN SEPARATE UNIVERSITY AND INDUSTRIAL LABORATORIES WHERE STUDENTS WORKED UNDER THE DIRECT GUIDANCE OF A RESEARCH SCIENTIST AND UNDER PERIODIC SUPERVISION OF THAYER PERSONNEL. THE MAJOR CHANGES OBSERVED DURING THE 10-WEEK PERIOD INVOLVED THE STUDENT'S IMAGE OF SCIENCE AND SCIENTISTS, AND STUDENT PLANS FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER. THESE ARE HIGHLY INTERRELATED AND ARE EXPECTED RESULTS OF A PROGRAM IN WHICH STUDENT EXPOSURE TO SCIENTISTS IN ACTION IS THE PRIMARY ACTIVITY. AS A CAREER GUIDANCE DEVICE, THE PROGRAM WAS HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL. FUTURE INVESTIGATIONS SHOULD BE CONCERNED WITH THE RELATIVE MERITS OF VARIOUS APPROACHES TO THE SUMMER PROGRAM DESIGN. (JL)
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Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Graduate School of Education.
Identifiers: CAMBRIDGE; MASS