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ERIC Number: ED595308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr-28
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
The Role of Cultural Task Value in Engaging Rural and Indigenous Science Learners
Jablonski, Erica; Middleton, Michael J.; Abrams, Eleanor Diane; Koper, Marlena; Kirsch, Catalina C.
AERA Online Paper Repository, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Antonio, TX, Apr 27-May 1, 2017)
Early adolescents, particularly from underrepresented or marginalized communities, may feel disconnected from school science leading to a lack of engagement. The lack of connection between their out of school experiences and school science may lead them to devalue science. This study examines interviews with 56 middle school students and 12 teachers from rural and indigenous communities participating in a highly contextualized science curriculum that examines the sustainability of local activities or social practices (e.g., maple sugar farming, hunting, etc.). The majority of students reported valuing the community-oriented tasks they were asked to complete as part of the curriculum. Two elements of the curriculum that particularly contributed to their enjoyment and appreciation for community task value were the involvement of local community experts and the greater awareness of how everyday local practices affect their lives. This paper discusses the concept of community task value in relation to Eccles (2009) explanation of the role of collective/social identity in motivated behaviors with implications for science educators.
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1223703