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ERIC Number: EJ1058051
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: EISSN-1446-6120
The Splashdown Effect: Measuring the Effect of Science Enrichment Programs on Science Attitudes of Gifted High School Girls and Boys
Stake, Jayne E.; Mares, Kenneth R.
Science Education Review, v4 n4 p120-124 2005
The benefits of enrichment programs for the enhancement of students' science achievement are well established. However, little evidence is available on the value of these programs for increasing students' confidence and motivation for science. One problem in measuring changes in students' science attitudes is that students may suffer from a temporary "big pond, little fish" phenomenon when they are with academically strong students in their enrichment program rather than with students in their usual school settings. To study the influence of science enrichment programs for improving student science attitudes, it is therefore important to assess the program effect that students experience as they return to ("splashdown" in) their home high school after completing their enrichment program. It may be only then that students can fully recognize how they have benefited from their program. We found that gifted high school students experienced strong splashdown effects following an intensive summer science program, and these effects were especially strong for students who returned to academically weaker schools (smaller "ponds"). Our findings provide strong support for the importance of evaluating splashdown effects following enrichment programs so as to measure the full impact of science enrichment on students' motivation and confidence to achieve in science. (This paper is a summary of Stake & Mares, 2005).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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