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ERIC Number: ED342569
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-17
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Designing and Implementing Science Enrichment Programs for Rural Females.
Swindell, Robert; Phelps, Margaret
This paper describes a program implemented by Tennessee Technological University that provided a science enrichment program for disadvantaged and minority high school feamles in the rural areas surrounding the university and from inner city schools of Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga. This model is based on a similar program that was successful in encouraging scientific interest among disadvantaged females and minorities in gades 7-11. The science enrichment program consists of 3 weekends and a 10-day summer workshop for approximately 25 high school females. Participants are recommended by teachers or counselors as having academic potential in science but having obstacles to postsecondary study in science. Participants receive instruction in biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and computer applications. All classes are laboratory centered with hands-on activities. The program also includes discussion on successful female role models, field trips, interaction with scientists and university students and faculty, and experience of campus life. At the close of the two previous summer sessions, a 20-item test of science understanding was administered to the participants. The scores were encouraging when compared to the national mean scores of 17 year olds. Pre- and post-workshop tests measuring attitudes toward science and self-image indicate positive changes. Written evaluations from participants were positive. Recommendations for implementing a similar program are included. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee