ERIC Number: ED508359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Reference Count: 244
Science in Afterschool Literature Review
Falkenberg, Karen; McClure, Patricia; McComb, Errin M.
SERVE Center for Continuous Improvement at UNCG
In considering science in afterschool, research was reviewed and is presented in this document on how students learn science; how science is assessed, particularly inquiry science; recommended practices for afterschool science; and current afterschool science programs. Databases such as ERIC, Wilson Web, and PsychINFO were searched using combined key words relevant to science education and afterschool. Research journals, the World Wide Web, and predetermined websites deemed likely to have information related to science and afterschool were also searched and leads to other sources followed. Finally, informal networks of persons with knowledge or expertise related to the subject matter were queried. In the section on how students learn science, the seven principles on how people learn are outlined in detail. Due to the current emphasis on Science assessment under NCLB there is a separate section on Assessment and the importance of assessing and guiding student learning through asking probing questions. Research is presented to support the five recommenced science practices--investigating science through inquiry, exploring science through problem--and project-based learning, integrating science with other content areas, engaging families and using community resources, and tutoring in science for content and skill development. In the last section, a few notable afterschool science learning opportunities and afterschool science curricula materials are summarized. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Student Projects, After School Programs, Active Learning, Skill Development, Science Instruction, Inquiry, Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Integrated Curriculum, Family Involvement, School Community Relationship, Tutoring, Federal Legislation, Cognitive Style, Learning Strategies, Student Motivation, Educational Environment, Evaluation Methods, Science Tests, Problem Based Learning, Literature Reviews
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: SERVE: SouthEastern Regional Vision for Education, Greensboro, NC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001