ERIC Number: EJ1086751
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Adults' Perceptions of Children's Science Abilities and Interest after Participating in a Family Science Night
Yanowitz, Karen L.; Hahs-Vaughn, Debbie L.
School Science and Mathematics, v116 n1 p55-64 Jan 2016
The goal of this research was to examine adults' and children's perceptions of participating in a family science night event, especially in the context of parental belief about children's science abilities. Family science nights are becoming increasingly popular and are used in a wide range of settings. During family science nights, adults and students jointly engaged in a variety of science activities. Results revealed that adults, 90% of whom were parents of attending students, reported learning more about children's interests and abilities in science. Students also agreed that that the adults had learned more about their abilities and interests. Personal characteristics of adults and children, such as gender and ethnicity, were not found to have any relationship to ratings.
Descriptors: Family Programs, Parent Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Science Activities, Parent Student Relationship, Student Interests, Academic Ability, Individual Characteristics, Gender Differences, Racial Differences, Ethnic Groups, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: NSF05621