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Journal of Agricultural Education, v56 n4 p90-106 2015

The exploratory study examined science interest and perceived science competency in middle and high school youth (N=116) who took part in science-related contests (n=49) and non-competitive special interest science programs (n=67). Study participants were dispersed between females (48.3%) and males (51.7%). Three-fourths (75.1%) of the participants belonged to the racial category, white. The majority of youth attracted to science-related professions selected medicine and science and engineering as the top choices. Both science interest and science competence were high among youth in the study. Analysis of science competency indicated a statistically significant difference between girls and boys, with girls scoring higher than boys. The difference in scores between youth participating in competitive programs and non-competitive programs was also statistically significant. As a result of this study, it is recommended that high-quality, cutting edge, hands-on programs are offered to youth in both middle school and high school that emphasize science and provide opportunities for self-challenge as well as challenge against others.

Descriptors: Science Interests, Middle School Students, High School Students, Competence, Self Esteem, Gender Differences, Scores, Competition, Youth Programs, Occupational Aspiration, STEM Education, Surveys, Statistical Analysis, Summer Programs, Likert Scales

American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site: http://www.aaaeonline.org





Autor: Fox, Janet; Cater, Melissa

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=1600&id=EJ1122686



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