Faculty Advisor

Davis, Paul W.

Center

Melbourne, Australia

Abstract

We developed and implemented a system to assess the impact of two programs of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) that stimulate Australian students' interest in science. Student questionnaires and teacher interviews before and after the programs and student observations during the programs showed that students were well engaged during the programs but exhibited no long-term, statistically significant changes in interest. Drawing on interviews, observations and questionnaires, we identified several strategies to improve both engagement and long-term impact.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2010

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences

Project Center

Melbourne, Australia

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