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ERIC Number: EJ1049736
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1446-6120
Informal Science Education for Girls: Careers in Science and Effective Program Elements
Fadigan, Kathleen A.; Hammrich, Penny L.
Science Education Review, v4 n3 p83-90 2005
Addressing the need for continued support of after-school and summer science enrichment programs for urban girls and at-risk youth, this paper describes the educational and career paths of a sample of young women who participated in the Women in Natural Sciences (WINS) program during high school. This study also attempts to determine how the program affected the participants' educational and career choices after graduation in order to provide insight into the role informal science education programs play in increasing the participation of women and minorities in science, math, engineering, and technology-related fields. Findings revealed that almost all of the young women enrolled in a college program after completing high school. Careers in medical or health-related fields, followed by careers in science, emerged as the highestranking career paths. The majority of the sample perceived having staff to talk to, the job skills learned, and having the museum as a safe place to go as having influenced their educational and career decisions. (This paper is a summary of Fadigan & Hammrich, 2004.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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