ERIC Number: ED460820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
Informal Science Education Survey.
Crespo, Hilda; Martinez-Perez, Luis A.
Informal science programs play an important role in reinforcing the fact that science and mathematics are not difficult to master. This report is based on a survey of informal science programs supported by the National Science Foundation and exemplary programs in science and mathematics supported by the U.S. Department of Education. The survey consisted of three sections dealing with the population served, the curriculum and/or materials produced by the programs, and a range of open-ended questions regarding minority recruitment, mentoring, collaboration, and evaluation. Findings indicate that the number of persons served per program varied widely from as little as 10 per year to as many as 3.5 million per year. The distribution of students served according to school level revealed that the programs served a larger number of Middle/Junior High students followed by Elementary and Senior High students in about equal numbers. Findings from section 2 indicate that materials are produced for teachers, students, and to a lesser extent for parents, with the format of choice being the printed page. Findings from section 3 indicate that recruitment strategies for minority students vary widely; less than half of the respondents indicated that mentoring is an integral part of the program, and collaboration was one of the strongest points of these projects. The report also contains item-by-item responses, a list of programs responding to the survey, and all open-ended responses. (JRH)
Descriptors: Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Informal Education, Instructional Materials, Minority Groups, Participation, Science Education, Science Programs
ASPIRA Association, Inc., National Office, Suite 340, 1112 16th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: ASPIRA Association, Inc., Washington, DC. National Office.