ERIC Number: ED150015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1961
Reference Count: 0
Science Talent: Its Early Identification and Continuing Development.
Edgerton, Harold A.
In this study, 1,500 men and women who were high school seniors in 1942 and 1943 and who competed in the first two annual Science Talent Searches for the Westinghouse Science Scholarship and Awards reported on their careers in 1957 in a brief questionnaire. Of these, 136 filled in a comprehensive supplementary questionnaire and were interviewed. Both samples included participants who had won honors and who had not won honors in the Science Talent Search. Among the findings of the study were: (1) students who stayed in science as a career came, on the average, from larger high schools than those who went into non-science careers; (2) teachers were a major factor in influencing the careers of students; (3) teachers' attitudes counted more than the subject matter which they presented; (4) students who became research scientists reported that their most influential teachers encouraged creativity and taught them a probing approach or gave them extra hours in the laboratory. (Author/BB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Science Service, Inc., Washington, DC.; Richardson, Bellows, Henry and Co., Inc., New York, NY.
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