ERIC Number: ED445895
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
An Analysis of Student Perceptions of Learning Activities in a Museum-Based School.
Randle, David; Anderson, O. Roger
This study compared the ways boys and girls in a museum-based school perceive the merits, relative value and epistemological meaning of a range of investigative activities. After completing a unit on evolution, 89 seventh grade and 16 eighth grade students were asked to rank order the activities according to preference and complete a Likert scale survey on how they liked each activity. A sample of 26 students were interviewed to determine how they interpreted a museum diorama. Interestingly, Likert scale results indicate a similarity in the types of activities preferred by boys and girls. Interview results indicate a similarity in observational skills among boys and girls, but an increased focus on exhibit aesthetics by girls. Rank order results show similarities in most favored activities but also indicate several differences that may be useful in designing "gender-equitable" science learning. The study supports the use of alternative locations, such as museums, to provide common ground science experiences that meet the needs of both boys and girls. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Boston, MA, March 28-31, 1999).