ERIC Number: ED444826
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Empowering Families in Hands-On Science Programs.
Shymansky, James A.; Yore, Larry D.; Hand, Brian M.
This paper presents the results of the Science Parent, Activities, and Literature (Science PALs) project. This project aims to promote parent involvement in children's hands-on science education by using take-home, literature-based inquiry, problem solving, and design activities that connect school and home. Parents are the most effective source of positive or negative attitude influences toward science and mathematics. The lack of science in home environments depends largely upon parents' fear or lack of success in science. The Science PALs project uses parents as a key instructional factor and involves them in their children's education. Teachers help parents in this involvement and provide updated information for children's learning processes. (Contains 16 references.) (YDS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary School Science, Family Environment, Family Involvement, Grade 1, Grade 2, Hands on Science, Inquiry, Mathematics, Parent Attitudes, Parent Influence, Parent Role, Parents as Teachers, Primary Education, Problem Solving, Science Education, Scientific Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference of the Association for Educating Teachers in Science (Austin, TX, January 14-17, 1999).