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ERIC Number: ED443718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 27
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The Effects of Mandatory, Competitive Science Fairs on Fifth Grade Students' Attitudes toward Science and Interests in Science.
Blenis, Debra S.
This quasi-experimental study evaluated the effects of levels of participation and award structure of science fairs on elementary students' attitudes toward science and interests in science. Fifth grade students participated in one of four science fairs: mandatory/competitive, mandatory/noncompetitive, voluntary/competitive, or voluntary/noncompetitive. They were given five weeks to complete a science project to present at a fair. Their attitudes toward science and interests in science were measured before and after implementation. Analysis of the mandatory groups was made to determine the effects of award structure on attitudes and interests. The results indicated that attitudes were not significantly affected by different award structures; however, students who participated in the noncompetitive fair did display an increase in attitudes. Differences were found in students' interests in science. Those students that participated in a noncompetitive fair scored higher than those students who were involved in a competitive fair. The aptitude treatment interaction analyses revealed that low ability students would be expected to respond with a greater increase in interests in science when the award structure is noncompetitive. However, high ability students respond negatively under the same conditions. (Contains 18 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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