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Increasing High School Student Interest in Science: An Action Research Study

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dc.contributor.author Vartuli, Cindy
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-19T16:10:38Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-19T16:10:38Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05-19
dc.identifier.citation C. Vartuli, "Increasing High School Student Interest in Science: An Action Research Study", Ph.D. dissertation, School of Education, Univ. of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT, 2017. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://scholarworks.bridgeport.edu/xmlui/handle/123456789/1961
dc.description.abstract An action research study was conducted to determine how to increase student interest in learning science and pursuing a STEM career. The study began by exploring 10th-grade student and teacher perceptions of student interest in science in order to design an instructional strategy for stimulating student interest in learning and pursuing science. Data for this study included responses from 270 students to an on-line science survey and interviews with 11 students and eight science teachers. The action research intervention included two iterations of the STEM Career Project. The first iteration introduced four chemistry classes to the intervention. The researcher used student reflections and a post-project survey to determine if the intervention had influence on the students’ interest in pursuing science. The second iteration was completed by three science teachers who had implemented the intervention with their chemistry classes, using student reflections and post-project surveys, as a way to make further procedural refinements and improvements to the intervention and measures. Findings from the exploratory phase of the study suggested students generally had interest in learning science but increasing that interest required including personally relevant applications and laboratory experiences. The intervention included a student-directed learning module in which students investigated three STEM careers and presented information on one of their chosen careers. The STEM Career Project enabled students to explore career possibilities in order to increase their awareness of STEM careers. Findings from the first iteration of the intervention suggested a positive influence on student interest in learning and pursuing science. The second iteration included modifications to the intervention resulting in support for the findings of the first iteration. Results of the second iteration provided modifications that would allow the project to be used for different academic levels. Insights from conducting the action research study provided the researcher with effective ways to make positive changes in her own teaching praxis and the tools used to improve student awareness of STEM career options. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Science education en_US
dc.subject Secondary education en_US
dc.subject STEM careers en_US
dc.subject Instructional strategies en_US
dc.title Increasing High School Student Interest in Science: An Action Research Study en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.institute.department School of Education en_US
dc.institute.name University of Bridgeport en_US

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