ERIC Number: ED357950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Knowledge Engineering for Young Scholars. Evaluation Report.
Nye, Gloria T.
The Knowledge Engineering for Young Scholars (KEYS) Program was a National Science Foundation (NSF) program conducted at Louisiana State University during 1989 and 1990. The program's goals were to increase 8th-12th grade students' exposure to science, acquaint them with university research, stimulate interest in science, and build their confidence to pursue science careers. To achieve this goal students were introduced to the concepts of artificial intelligence, expert systems, and knowledge-based systems. This document presents the evaluation report of the KEYS Program in six sections. The first section identifies the goal of the program. The second section provides information about the purpose of the program, a program description, student recruitment and selection criteria, program activities, career awareness activities, philosophy and ethics of science activities, follow-up activities, the project setting, a staff profile, and cost considerations. The third section describes the evaluation study of the program that included NSF pre- and post-participation survey forms, and interviews with KEYS program managers (n=2), faculty mentors (n=2), program teachers (n=2), counselors (n=2), and random samples of student participants (n=10), parents of KEYS student participants (n=6), and applicants who did not participate (n=10). The fourth section provides brief summaries of each groups' responses to specific interview questions, and results of the NSF surveys. The fifth section concludes that: (1) since the participants were already highly motivated and interested in science careers, little change in reported interest was evidenced; (2) student participants' self report on their confidence level for their first choice of a major in college was not reliable; and (3) students did report that they did work with university faculty, develop expert systems, and learned about careers in science. The sixth section presents recommendations concerning program length, effective activities, participant recruitment, participation fees, and program assessment techniques. An appendix provides sample abstracts of KEYS students' expert systems. (MDH)
Descriptors: Artificial Intelligence, Career Awareness, Computers, Decision Making, Engineering, Expert Systems, Heuristics, Models, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Programing, Science Activities, Science Careers, Science Education, Science Interests, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Self Esteem, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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