ERIC Number: ED370805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Using Content-Specific Interest To Evaluate Contemporary Science Learning Environments.
Hickey, Daniel T.; And Others
This paper describes a framework for studying and evaluating learning environments which contextualize school science content within a larger real-world scientific endeavor, such as carrying on a space mission. A central feature of this framework is its incorporation of recent research on content-specific personal interest. This framework was developed and tested in a pilot evaluation of the Challenger Learning Center's M.A.R.S. (Mission Assignment: Relief and Supply) learning activity. This activity consists of a series of classroom activities which prepare students for a simulated Mars mission at a museum-based learning center. The evaluation involved over 300 students, and provided evidence of the positive impact of this particular program on students' interests, attitudes, knowledge, and activities relative to both science and space science. This evaluation also demonstrated the usefulness of the framework which has been developed for studying contemporary science learning environments. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville. Learning Technology Center.
Identifiers: Attitudes Toward Science
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1994).