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Jackson, Shawon; Sakuma, Satoe; DeVol, Purva – NCSSS Journal, 2015
There is no universally accepted definition of what it means to be an effective leader. Individuals understand leadership differently based on their own identities and lived experiences. The purpose of this investigation is to determine how one's ethnicity, class, and gender identities influence their understanding of effective leadership,…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Leadership Qualities, Ethnicity, Social Class
Schmidt, Jennifer A.; Kackar-Cam, Hayal Z.; Strati, Anna D.; Shumow, Lee – NCSSS Journal, 2015
This study explores the associations of ethnicity and perceived challenge with high-school students' academic engagement and perceived competence in science. Data were collected through a variant of the Experience Sampling Method in which participants reported on their levels of engagement, perceived competence, and challenge while in science…
Descriptors: Ethnic Groups, High School Students, Learner Engagement, Competence
Forman, Jennifer; Gubbins, Elizabeth Jean; Villanueva, Merzili; Massicotte, Cindy; Callahan, Carolyn; Tofel-Grehl, Colby – NCSSS Journal, 2015
A limited number of highly selective high schools specializing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education have existed for many decades, encouraging youth with identified STEM talent to pursue careers as STEM leaders and innovators. As members of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, High Schools, Secondary School Curriculum, Teaching Methods
Esparza, Julie; Shumow, Lee; Schmidt, Jennifer A. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2014
Through secondary analysis of data collected in middle school science classrooms, this study (a) compared gifted and regular students' beliefs about the malleability of intelligence in science; (b) investigated whether teaching gifted and talented middle-school students about malleability of the brain and study skills helped them to develop a…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Middle School Students, Grade 7, Student Attitudes
Hinterlong, Diane; Lawrence, Branson; DeVol, Purva – NCSSSMST Journal, 2014
The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students in grades 10 through 12 in its advanced, residential…
Descriptors: Females, Engineering, STEM Education, High School Students
Tang, Sherry – NCSSSMST Journal, 2012
Plasticizers are chemical additives that enhance plastic flexibility. They are ubiquitous environmental contaminants and are commonly found in river and lake waters (Fromme et al 2002). The present study aimed to investigate the effects of a water-soluble plasticizer, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) on developing Medaka ("Oryzias latipes") embryos. Three…
Descriptors: Developmental Delays, Developmental Stages, Science Education, Science Experiments
Candal, Carmen – NCSSSMST Journal, 2012
The effectiveness of five different enzymes as treatments against Staphylococcus biofilm growth was measured in the presence of antibiotics and alone. Protease was the least effective enzyme in biofilm removal with all antibiotics, and pectinase was the most effective with dicloxacillin and clindamycin. Also, dicloxacillin was the most effective…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Comparative Analysis, Control Groups, Biochemistry
Franco, M. Suzanne; Patel, Nimisha H.; Lindsey, Jill – NCSSSMST Journal, 2012
This study compared the career skills and interests for students in two STEM schools to national data. Students completed the KUDER skills assessment and career planning online tools. Results were compared across school, grade level, and sex. The results provided evidence that STEM high school students expressed career intents in predominately…
Descriptors: Evidence, Career Planning, High School Students, Comparative Analysis
Pace, Sarah Lindsey – NCSSSMST Journal, 2009
Currently manufactured microchips are expensive to make, require specialized equipment, and leave a large environmental footprint. To counter this, an alternative procedure that is cheaper and leaves a smaller environmental footprint should be made. The goal of this research project is to develop a process that creates microchips from polystyrene…
Descriptors: Technological Advancement, Science and Society, Influence of Technology, Conservation (Environment)
Carpenter, Matt – NCSSSMST Journal, 2009
The purpose of this study was to determine whether increased levels of UV radiation and temperatures from global warming have a significant impact on dissolved oxygen (DO) output from the alga, "Euglena," which affects other organisms in the ecosystem. The original hypothesis stated that if temperature was increased along with exposure time to…
Descriptors: Radiation, Climate, Plants (Botany), Ecology
Hackney, Zachary Carl – NCSSSMST Journal, 2007
Previous work on fish, frogs, and salamanders, showed the ability for estrogen (EE2) and anthropogenic endocrine disruptors to skew sex ratios and cause hermaphrodism. This study addressed the effects of estrogens on growth and development rates of African clawed frog tadpoles ("Xenopus laevis") during their gender determination stages. The…
Descriptors: Animals, Sex, Development, Biochemistry
Moore, Lewis Ryan – NCSSSMST Journal, 2006
The purpose of this research was to determine how metal oxide used in a thermite reaction can impact the production of nanoparticles. The results showed the presence of nanoparticles (less than 1 micron in diameter) of at least one type produced by each metal oxide. The typical particles were metallic spheres, which ranged from 300 nanometers in…
Descriptors: Inorganic Chemistry, Metallurgy, Science Experiments, Chemistry
Weiss, Allison – NCSSSMST Journal, 2002
Investigates factors that have effects on conditioning. Tests nine mice with three types of reinforcement: (1) primary-need positive reinforcement; (2) secondary-need positive reinforcement; and (3) secondary-need negative reinforcement. Measures the effectiveness of the reinforcements by both rate of response and response strength. Discusses the…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Decision Making, Experimental Psychology, Higher Education
Thomas, Jay; Love, Brenda Lee – NCSSSMST Journal, 2002
Introduces the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science, and Technology's (NCSSSMST) efforts to transform science, mathematics, and technology education. Describes a study led by the NCSSSMST Board of Directors that investigated whether Consortium schools meet the needs of their students and whether there were…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Style, Educational Change, High Schools
Blaisdell, Stephanie; Tichenor, Kristin R. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2002
Investigates National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (NCSSSMST) graduates' school and major preferences at the college level focusing on gender and ethnicity issues. (YDS)
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Enrollment Influences, Ethnicity, Higher Education
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