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THE EFFECT OF GK-12 GRADUATE FELLOW INTERACTIONS ON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ATTITUDES TOWARD SCIENCE AND CAREER PATH

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dc.contributor.advisor Sadler, Kim en_US
dc.contributor.author Lytle, Rachel Renee en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-25T14:46:14Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-25T14:46:14Z
dc.date.issued 2015-07-12 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/4571
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of biology graduate student interactions on high school student attitudes toward science and career choice. Through the National Science Foundation GK-12 program at Middle Tennessee State University, Graduate Fellows (GFs) partnered with a science teacher (PT) ten hours a week during the school year to serve as a scientist-in-residence, engage students in inquiry-based laboratory experiences, and mentor research projects. A multi-method design compared PT classes with and without a GF using the Student Attitude Inventory- II (SAI-II), interviews, and student artifacts. Although small positive differences were present in GF classes, repeated measures MANOVA found no significant differences between SAI-II categories. Both groups decreased in STEM career interest; however, student interviews with GF classes conveyed increased understanding of the scientific process and a desire to continue practicing science. Although GF classes actively participated in documented STEM experiences, this study supports the challenges in changing student attitude about science and increased pursuance of STEM careers. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Attitudes toward science en_US
dc.subject GK-12 en_US
dc.subject SAI-II en_US
dc.title THE EFFECT OF GK-12 GRADUATE FELLOW INTERACTIONS ON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ATTITUDES TOWARD SCIENCE AND CAREER PATH en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Farone, Anthony en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Rutledge, Michael en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject.umi Science education en_US
dc.subject.umi Biology en_US
dc.description.degree M.S. en_US
dc.contributor.department Biology en_US


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