ERIC Number: ED421602
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Sisters in Science: A Model Program. Spotlight on Student Success, No. 201.
Hammrich, Penny L.
In an effort to promote females' achievement in science, the Sisters in Science program was developed. Conducted in 2 schools in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), the program's inaugural year involved 60 fourth-grade girls in 2 elementary schools, an intergenerational corps of 20 women volunteers, 150 undergraduate elementary education students, and 8 inservice teachers. The program seeks to improve girls' attitudes toward science and create a more positive learning environment for minority females and their families. To attain these goals, Sisters in Science has four major components: (1) an in-school constructivist and gender-sensitive science program; (2) an after-school environmental service learning program; (3) a "city rivers exploration" summer camp; and (4) a family education program. Participation in all Sisters in Science activities was quite high, in that 95% of the girls eligible for the program participated in the afterschool component, and 65% attended the summer camp. Findings to date show that the girls who participated in the project demonstrated more positive attitudes toward and enhanced interest and achievement in science and mathematics. Data also show a positive pattern of change in the females' science process and language skills as evidenced by their class participation and the writings in their science journals. (Contains three figures and two references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Females, Grade 4, Parent Participation, Science Instruction, Sciences, Student Attitudes, Student Interests, Summer Programs, Undergraduate Students, Urban Schools, Volunteers
Mid-Atlantic Laboratory for Student Success, 1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091; phone: (800) 892-5550; World Wide Web: www.temple.edu/LSS
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Atlantic Lab. for Student Success, Philadelphia, PA.