ERIC Number: EJ782597
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: 0
Partnerships in Science Learning: Museum Outreach and Elementary Gifted Education
Melber, Leah M.
Gifted Child Quarterly, v47 n4 p251-258 2003
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of a specially designed museum science program on academically gifted elementary students. The program focused on inquiry-based activities that paralleled the work of museum scientists. A pre- and postattitude questionnaire and a parental postquestionnaire were used to investigate changes in (a) attitude toward science careers, (b) understanding of scientific work and scientists, and (c) content knowledge gains of participants. A version of the Draw-a-Scientist Test (DAST) was incorporated to gauge student perceptions of scientific work. After participation, students indicated a greater understanding of science careers and an increased desire to explore careers in science. Student questionnaire and illustration analysis identified an increase in participants' content knowledge and understanding of scientific work. Parental questionnaires supported these findings.
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Science Programs, Museums, Measures (Individuals), Scientists, Elementary School Students, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Science Careers, Parent Attitudes, Outreach Programs, Partnerships in Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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