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ERIC Number: EJ973013
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-9053
Graduate Student Fellowship Program Effects on Attitude and Interest toward Science of Middle School Students
Lindner, James R.; Rayfield, John; Briers, Gary; Johnson, Larry
Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, v41 n1 p15-21 2012
The purpose of this study was to describe the effects of a graduate student fellowship program on middle school students' attitude toward science and their interest in science. Using a descriptive and correlational research design, data were collected from 588 middle school students (grades 6, 7, and 8). Participants completed a pretest and a posttest questionnaire on their attitude and interest in science. Findings showed that participants overall had a positive attitude toward and a positive interest in science; neither the attitude nor the interest changed from pretest to posttest. Within grade, attitude toward science fell slightly during 6th grade but rose slightly during 8th grade. There were no differences in pretest or posttest scores by gender. Prior research suggests that during middle school, students' attitudes toward science and interest in science drop. An implication exists that the graduate student fellowship program had a positive influence on middle school students' attitudes and interests in science by maintaining a high interest in science and a positive attitude toward science. (Contains 11 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A