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Early career scientists influencing students' attitudes towards science

Keys, Philip M. (2008). Early career scientists influencing students' attitudes towards science. In: NZARE National Conference 2008, Palmerston North, New Zealand, 24-27 November 2008.

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Author Keys, Philip M.
Title Early career scientists influencing students' attitudes towards science
Conference Name NZARE National Conference 2008
Conference Location Palmerston North, New Zealand
Conference Dates 24-27 November 2008
Conference Publication Title NZARE National Conference 2008 "Education in change: policies, research and practice to improve student outcomes".
Place of Publication [Wellington, N.Z.]
Publisher New Zealand Association for Research in Education
Publication Year 2008
HERDC Category E2 - Conference Publication - Full written paper, non refereed proceedings (internal)
Abstract This study investigated the influence of earlt career scientists (tertiary science students) working as peer tutors/mentors in junior secondary science classes. Four schools, 10 teachers and their classes parcipitated in the program over 18 months. An early career scientist (ECS) was assigned to each class to support the teaching and learning of science. A mixed methodology was used, with a concurrent nested strategy (Creswell, 2003) to compare the results of the qualitative data with the results of the Test of Science Related Attitudes - TORSA (Fraser, 1981), which measured students' attitudes towards science and future career choices. The project was funded by the Australian Schools Innovations Science Technology and Mathematics projects (ASISTM). The study has implications for the introduction of scientists to schools and similar mentoring programs that foster students' interst in science.
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