ERIC Number: ED360781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Quality of Subjective Experience in a Summer Science Program for Academically Talented Adolescents.
This study utilized the flow theory of intrinsic motivation to evaluate the subjective experience of 78 academically talented high school sophomores participating in an 8-day summer research apprenticeship program in materials and nuclear science. The program involved morning lectures on such topics as physics of electromagnetic radiation, energy transformations, superconductivity, and environmental analysis as well as laboratory experiments and tours of research laboratories. Findings included: (1) subjective experience could be classified into an enjoyment dimension and an involvement dimension; (2) the quality of subjective experience is optimal when a student's skills in the activity are high and the level of challenge is neither excessive nor insufficient; (3) Black male students were more likely than Caucasian and Asian males and females to perceive the research apprenticeship to be excessively challenging; (4) enjoyment levels were highest during unstructured apprentice activities such as lunch, recreation, and tours; (5) levels of involvement were highest during laboratory activities; (6) lecture activities minimized the potential for students to experience flow; and (7) laboratory activities minimized the potential for students to experience boredom. Appendices include the experience sampling form, a sample randomized alarm schedule, and a retrospective experience survey. (Contains 20 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Apprenticeships, Enrichment Activities, Field Trips, Grade 10, High School Students, High Schools, Laboratory Experiments, Physics, Racial Differences, Science Education, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Student Research, Summer Programs, Theories
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Energy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A