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Swarat, Su; Ortony, Andrew; Revelle, William – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2012
A genuine interest in science is an important part of scientific literacy, and thus a critical goal for science education. Recent studies, however, have found that school science has not been effective in meeting this goal, an important reason for which is the lack of knowledge about what makes science interesting (or not) to the students. Using…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Student Interests, Science Interests, Science Education
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Swarat, Su; Light, Greg; Park, Eun Jung; Drane, Denise – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2011
The importance of "size and scale" in nanoscience and engineering has been recognized by both scientists and science educators. A solid understanding of this concept is key to the learning of nanoscience. Students, however, have been reported to have considerable difficulty grasping this concept; yet little is known regarding their state of…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Engineering Education, Student Attitudes
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Drane, Denise; Smith, H. David; Light, Greg; Pinto, Larry; Swarat, Su – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2005
Minority student attrition and underachievement is a long-standing and widespread concern in higher education. It is especially acute in introductory science courses which are prerequisites for students planning to pursue science-related careers. Poor performance in these courses often results in attrition of minorities from the science fields.…
Descriptors: Workshops, Higher Education, Student Attrition, Underachievement
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Swarat, Su; Drane, Denise; Smith, H. David; Light, Greg; Pinto, Lawrence – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2004
The Gateway Science Workshop is a peer-facilitated, problem-focused program designed to improve student retention in the sciences. This article discusses its development, implementation, and efficacy, which is demonstrated by higher retention of workshop students in the course sequences. Evidence suggests that the program has particular benefits…
Descriptors: Workshops, Minority Groups, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence