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The effect of an informal science intervention on middle school girls’ science affinities

Published on Jan 2, 2019in International Journal of Science Education 1.32
· DOI :10.1080/09500693.2018.1534022
Brandy Todd (University of Oregon), Keith Zvoch12
Estimated H-index: 12
(University of Oregon)
ABSTRACTThis study investigates the impact of an informal science outreach programme built around theories of identity formation and self-efficacy on middle school girls’ science affinities. A lottery-based, randomised control trial was used to identify programme effects on four science affinity outcomes: science interests, efficacy with science, science attitudes, and science identity. A multivariate analysis of variance demonstrated that programme participants scored higher than their control group peers on weighted composite of post-programme affinity indicators. These results suggest that informal science education may offer a venue through which to support the formation of science identities and efficacy in girls. Implications for including psychosocial support elements into science classroom pedagogy and science education standards are discussed.
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Estimated H-index: 7
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Estimated H-index: 7
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Estimated H-index: 6
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Estimated H-index: 21
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Estimated H-index: 15
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Estimated H-index: 8
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Estimated H-index: 3
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Estimated H-index: 3
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Estimated H-index: 15
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Estimated H-index: 8
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Estimated H-index: 9
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