ERIC Number: EJ1156925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
High School Students' Experience with Near-Peer Mentorship and Laboratory-Based Learning: In Their Own Words
Tenenbaum, Laura S.; Anderson, Margery; Ramadorai, Swati B.; Yourick, Debra L.
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v18 n3 p5-12 Jul-Sep 2017
The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research established the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) program to serve communities in the National Capitol Area (Anderson, Tenenbaum, Ramadorai, & Yourick, 2015). The GEMS program was founded on four key elements to provide opportunities to primarily middle and high school students from under-resourced schools. Those four elements include: (1) leadership through undergraduate near-peer mentors; (2) innovative, experiential learning in a laboratory; (3) accessibility for diverse populations; and (4) continuity of programming. The current study examines the experiences of GEMS students through their own words. Using an open-ended survey, researchers asked 11th and 12th grade participants to reflect on their time within the program. The research questions focused on: (1) how relationships with near-peer mentors impacted them; (2) their involvement with the inquiry-based approaches; and (3) any increased and/or continued interest in pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as an extension of their experience.
Descriptors: High School Students, Mentors, Peer Teaching, Laboratories, Undergraduate Students, Grade 11, Grade 12, STEM Education, Student Surveys, Racial Differences, Ethnicity, Coding, Feedback (Response), Program Effectiveness, Summer Programs, Qualitative Research, Experiential Learning
Institute for STEM Education and Research. P.O. Box 4001, Auburn, AL 36831. Tel: 334-844-3360; Web site: http://www.jstem.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland
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