ERIC Number: ED297968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Improving Fifth Grade Students' Participation in and Attitudes toward the Science Fair through Guided Instruction.
Daab, Marcia J.
This practicum addressed the problem of decreased participation of fifth-grade students in the science fair. At this grade level, the science fair guidelines mandate that students enter a research-type project. For many fifth-grade students the desire to tackle this monumental task does not match their developing cognitive skills. The literature disclosed evidence that would support this age students' lack of skill needed for experimenting. The literature also offered a variety of suggestions for successful science fairs. The goals of the practicum were: (1) to improve participation of fifth-grade students in the science fair; and (2) to improve the students attitude toward the science fair. To attain the goals, the writer implemented a program offering a special science class that addressed the need of those fifth-grade students interested in participating in the science fair. The students were guided through all the science process skills necessary to create and develop a science fair project with the use of a step-by-step workbook that was written especially for such students. The data analysis indicates that fifth-grade participation was not increased, but attitudes of both students and parents toward the fair improved. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.