ERIC Number: ED304314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Science Interests of Urban Seventh Graders.
Anderson, Bernice Taylor; And Others
At the middle and elementary school levels, cultivating an interest in science has been considered an important goal. The primary aim should be to foster a desire for participation in science courses and activities. Research results suggest that schools do not provide a curriculum that supports science interests, and student attitudes toward science are increasingly negative. It was noted that students are seldom permitted to have input into determining science curriculum or the order in which topics are studied. This exploratory study was to examine upper urban elementary students regarding: (1) the degree of interest in exploring science issues; (2) student-indicated interests in science; (3) the extent to which students have input in selecting topics or projects for science classes; and (4) what science activities are of most interest to them. The findings indicated that a large proportion of the students expressed interest in studying science, exploring science issues, and studying topics of the human body, astronomy, animals, heredity, and electricity. Two-thirds of the students reported they seldom or never had input into the selection of class projects or topics. Included are tables showing student responses in percentage form and a list of references. (RT)
Descriptors: Course Selection (Students), Educational Research, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Science Curriculum, Science Instruction, Science Interests, Scientific Attitudes, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Students, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Interests, Student Participation, Urban Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (13th, Savannah, GA, February 23, 1989).