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ERIC Number: EJ921510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
The Impact of Science Fiction Films on Student Interest in Science
Laprise, Shari; Winrich, Chuck
Journal of College Science Teaching, v40 n2 p45-49 Nov 2010
Science fiction films were used in required and elective nonmajor science courses as a pedagogical tool to motivate student interest in science and to reinforce critical thinking about scientific concepts. Students watched various films and critiqued them for scientific accuracy in written assignments. Students' perception of this activity was assessed by a survey administered in three courses over one year. On the basis of self-reporting by students, analysis of science fiction films enhanced their interest in, and understanding of, science and technology. The data presented here demonstrate the broad utility of science fiction films for inspiring nonscience majors to become interested in science. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A