ERIC Number: ED370304
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Overcoming Barriers to Science Careers: An Investigation of Deaf Students' Career Development in Science.
Stolte, Joanne B.; Biester, Thomas W.
This paper examines the impact of a science career development program especially designed for students with deafness, titled "Is Science a Possible Career for You?" The program materials are designed for adolescents in residential school, day school, or mainstream settings where students use oral, finger spelling and speech, or total communication techniques. Lessons can be infused into an existing course and/or program. Program activities enable students to assess their interests, learn about the role of science in society, explore science careers, and explore the possibility of a science career for themselves. A field test was conducted at nine sites, involving approximately 130 students. Two evaluation forms were developed for use in the impact study--the Awareness of Science Form and the Student Attitude Inventory. Results indicated that students demonstrated growth in awareness of the nature of science, scientists, and the scientific enterprise. Extremely positive results were exhibited in students' attitudes toward the potential of deaf persons in science careers. There was only very slight evidence to indicate that students developed increased positive attitudes toward science and science careers and increased positive self-concept. (Contains 14 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 1979).