ERIC Number: EJ1199923
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
"STEMming" the Swell of Absenteeism in the Middle Years: Impacts of an Urban District Summer Robotics Program
Mac Iver, Martha Abele; Mac Iver, Douglas J.
Urban Education, v54 n1 p65-88 Jan 2019
This article reports findings from a quasi-experimental study of the impact of a summer robotics program for urban middle-grade students. The study focuses on student engagement, measured by school attendance rate the year following the program. Program students, who were nearly all low-income minority students, were matched to comparison students who did not attend summer school. After establishing baseline equivalence in attendance between the groups, the study found a statistically and educationally significant program effect on school attendance the following year, suggesting that high-interest hands-on educational activities can help maintain student engagement in school.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Robotics, Attendance, Attendance Patterns, Urban Schools, Urban Education, Middle School Students, School Districts, Program Effectiveness, Summer Science Programs, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 6; Grade 7
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