ERIC Number: EJ1049786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Science in Action: How Middle School Students Are Changing Their World through STEM Service-Learning Projects
Newman, Jane L.; Dantzler, John; Coleman, April N.
Theory Into Practice, v54 n1 p47-54 2015
The purpose of Science in Action (SIA) was to examine the relationship between implementing quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) service-learning (SL) projects and the effect on students' academic engagement in middle school science, civic responsibility, and resilience to at-risk behaviors. The innovative project funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) included 6,000+ middle school at-risk students (eligible for at least 50% free or reduced-cost lunch), 126 science teachers who integrated STEM problem-based SL pedagogy into science instruction to teach students to solve real problems in schools and communities. The project involved 20 schools and communities with assistance from 120 community partners. Participants completed pre- and post-SL surveys on academic engagement, civic responsibility, and resilience; qualitative data were collected from journals, interviews, focus groups, observations, and field notes. Results highlight exemplary SL projects that demonstrated increased student academic engagement and achievement for students living in high poverty areas with potential at-risk behavior. Implications for future research and educational practices are discussed.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Service Learning, Learner Engagement, Middle School Students, Science Education, Citizenship Responsibility, At Risk Students, Low Income Groups, Science Teachers, Problem Based Learning, Relevance (Education), Surveys, Pretests Posttests, Qualitative Research, Student Journals, Interviews, Focus Groups, Observation, Poverty, Program Effectiveness, Junior High School Students, Water Quality, Cancer
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Sponsor: Corporation for National and Community Service
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A