ERIC Number: EJ1096073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Engaging Youth of Color in Applied Science Education and Public Health Promotion
Sprague Martinez, Linda; Bowers, Edmond; Reich, Amanda J.; Ndulue, Uchenna J.; Le, Albert An; Peréa, Flavia C.
International Journal of Science Education, v38 n4 p688-699 2016
Participation in inquiry-based science education, which focuses on student-constructed learning, has been linked to academic success. Whereas the benefits of this type of science education are evident, access to such high-quality science curriculum and programming is not equitable. Black and Latino students in particular have less access to supplementary science programming, and fewer opportunities to engage in inquiry-based education. This paper describes outcomes associated with an inquiry-based out-of-school time science education program, "Nuestro Futuro: Applied Science Education to Engage Black and Latino Youth" (NFASE), which sought to build the capacity of middle school students of color to "think" like health scientists from diverse disciplinary perspectives. The program was designed with the intent of (1) improving student attitudes toward and motivation for science and (2) increasing active and engaged citizenship (AEC). NFASE students explored health inequity and the social determinants of health locally and engaged in developing health promotion, outreach and education efforts targeted to their peers, parents/families, and community. Interest in the program was high overall, but implementation was not without challenges. Although evaluation outcomes indicate that there were no statistically significant changes in science-related attitudes or motivation, students reported significant increases in neighborhood social connection, as well as overall AEC.
Descriptors: African American Children, Minority Groups, Minority Group Children, Science Education, Public Health, Health Promotion, Academic Achievement, Science Achievement, Scientific Attitudes, Citizen Participation, Science Curriculum, Middle School Students, Scientific Concepts, Active Learning, Inquiry, Pretests Posttests, Effect Size, Correlation, Likert Scales, Questionnaires, Factor Structure
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Sponsor: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) (DHHS/NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Grant or Contract Numbers: R25MD006848