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ERIC Number: ED525252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
STEM Learning in Afterschool: An Analysis of Impact and Outcomes
Afterschool Alliance
This document summarizes evaluation reports from afterschool science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs across the United States and identifies common trends and strengths that afterschool learning brings to STEM education. Like many programs nationwide, several of the programs highlighted in this paper were designed specifically to provide services to underrepresented populations in STEM fields, and many also focus on providing girls with exposure to science and female role models. Thus they are reaching some of the very children and youth the nation needs to better engage in STEM fields and careers. Evaluations presented here were collected by casting a wide net to solicit reports from afterschool programs across the country through various communication channels as well as searching through evaluation databases. Several of the programs used pre- and post-program surveys and focus groups to measure change in students while a few continued to track their students after they left the programs. There were also some that measured academic achievement through administering pre- and post-program tests as well as recording grades and standardized test scores. Some evaluation studies also surveyed parents and program staff. This review of evaluations found that attending high-quality STEM afterschool programs yields STEM-specific benefits that can be organized under three broad categories: improved attitudes toward STEM fields and careers; increased STEM knowledge and skills; and higher likelihood of graduation and pursuing a STEM career. (Contains 29 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance
Identifiers - Location: United States