Hispanic elementary students’ improved perceptions of science and scientists upon participation in an environmental science afterschool club

Rebecca L. Hite, Jill White

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Abstract

Researchers examined the outcomes of a year-long, after-school environmental club for Hispanic 4th and 5th grade students. Two instruments, the Student Attitudes toward STEM Survey and Draw a Scientist Test, were administered to students to assess their perceptions of science and scientists before and after club participation. After participation, students significantly drew more female scientists and held modest (non-significant) science interest and positive views toward scientific endeavor. Students began to draw themselves as scientists and related activities to the work of environmental scientists. The present study offers important insight to improving environmental science perceptions among underserved elementary Hispanic students.

Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Environmental Education and Communication
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

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