Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


Understanding the correlation between knowledge and opinion is the focus of a nuclear technology curriculum unit field test carried out in the Lancaster Middle School. A 64-student eighth grade study group was surveyed both before and after an intensive, five-week course in nuclear technology to determine if changes in opinion can be linked to the increase of topical knowledge. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) was used to see if the unit was equally received by students with a broad spectrum of learning styles. Post-unit "retention" testing was employed to determine the project's effectiveness when compared to science class performance evaluations (grades) earned prior to the start of the nuclear unit.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2000

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies