ERIC Number: ED464593
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Predictive Relationships among Science Classroom Resources and Middle School Student Interest in Science Careers: An Exploratory Analysis.
This study investigates the relationships among different types of resources in science and student science career interests. A survey method was used to collect data from over 600 middle school students in several states. Classrooms were classified into resources use types based on teacher responses to six questions indicating the regular use of resources during science class and were coded as: low "sociableness" and low "webnicity"; high sociableness and low webnicity; low sociableness and high webnicity; and high sociableness and high webnicity. The results of the study indicated that the regular use of human resources was a significant predictor of science career interest for both boys and girls. The use of Web resources predicted science career interest scores only for girls. Understanding these relationships can help strengthen the process of designing science education and support decision-making related to securing resources that may inspire students to pursue science. (Contains 41 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1-5, 2002).