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ERIC Number: EJ1132085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1094-3277
Examination of a Successful and Active Science Club: A Case Study
Behrendt, Marc
Science Educator, v25 n2 p82-87 Win 2017
This qualitative evaluative study explores the views of two science club advisor/educators of an active 122-member rural high school science club program that is thriving in spite of increasingly busy student schedules, decreasing school budgets, and a demanding standardized curriculum. It is essential to understand the teacher-advisors' objectives and how they run science club, to understand why the organization is popular for students. What do the two teachers do to make this science club vital to the students? Why do the students connect to the program? Four emergent categories were identified during analysis: (a) the teachers established goals and a philosophy concerning science club, (b) the science club was based on activities, (c) the social aspects of science club were nurtured, and (d) there was a connection between the informal (science club) learning and the formal (classroom) learning. The results of this study informs our understanding of how an active, strong science club may be structured and managed, and the study tangentially illustrates the benefits that a well-run science club may provide to the student membership as well as the overall science program at the school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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