ERIC Number: ED457033
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Building and Encouraging Confidence and Creativity in Science.
Ryan, Lynnette J.
The focus of this study is an eight-week science enrichment mentorship program for elementary and middle school girls (ages 8 to 13) at Coleson Village, a public housing community, in an urban area of western Washington. The goal of the program was to build confidence and encourage creativity as the participants discovered themselves as competent participants in science, and to introduce the participants to quality mentors in science who would further encourage growth and confidence in science. Data collection instruments included a "draw a scientist" test, interviews, questionnaires, journals, and ongoing observation. The girls developed science fair projects with their mentors and presented them at a community science fair held at their community center. This study provided insight into how girls prefer to approach learning situations in a cooperative manner, as well as how girls tend to look for relationship between themselves and the content. The enrichment program was successful in helping the girls develop a voice in their study of science. Most girls went from having negative or neutral feelings about science to exchanging stories about the activities and projects in which they engaged in this program, and to building relationships with strong female mentors pursuing science careers. (Contains 48 references.) (Author/ASK)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, St. Martin's College.