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ERIC Number: ED062230
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 20
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High School Students as Social Scientists.
Gould, Edward; And Others
This paper describes an informal, two-year collaboration of high school students, a teacher, and a psychologist; offered as an optional part of an elective, experimental psychology course. The goal was to help students begin to adopt the perspectives, tools, and research skills of the social scientist. The school has a student body of 2400; more than half the students are members of minority groups. Early class meetings were used to introduce the psychologist as a resource person, and to focus on possible project topics. Suggestions for topics centered around drugs, racism, police, and suicide. Over a two-year period, two project groups in two different classes were able to organize, design, and conduct their own investigations. Both studies were of a survey nature. The more complete project, which dealt with racism, is described in detail. As a sophisticated, controlled study, this student project left much to be desired. However, students who had never before shown the interest or ability were able to complete an investigation of their own design, and demonstrated some understanding of important elements of the scientific method in the process. (A few guidelines are offered for those interested in developing similar programs.) (Author/JLB)
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