ERIC Number: ED382478
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of the Use of Hands-On Science Homework Assignments by Sixth Grade Students and Their Parents.
Rillero, Peter; Helgeson, Stanley L.
The middle school years can be important for developing student attitudes about learning, school, and careers. However, it is often difficult to involve parents in working with middle schools to help adolescents form positive attitudes toward school and science. This exploratory study investigates a method of potentially having all of a teacher's middle school students do the same activity with their parents. The non-kit activity consists of a homework sheet with activity procedures that utilize readily available items. The study explores what percentage of parents and students completed the activities, change in the level of participation over time, participant attitudes towards the homework assignments, benefits participants experienced, and whether or not participation in the program helped student science process skills and science attitudes. A quasi-experimental, control-group design using within-teacher random assignment of classes was employed. Study results provide evidence that it is possible to implement a hands-on science, at-home, parental involvement program where the activity materials are not sent home. Parents, in general, thought positively of the program. A majority of students preferred this type of homework over traditional homework. (LZ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hands on Science
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (San Francisco, CA, April 20-25, 1995).