Mississippi State University
Brocato, D. Kay
Prince, Debra L.
Date of Degree
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Dissertation - Campus Access Only
Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Education Administration
Doctor of Philosophy
College of Education
Department of Educational Leadership
In this study, 85 students registered in a biochemistry course were administered a survey of science engagement modeled after the High School Survey of School Engagement (HSSSE), created by the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy. The survey, Postsecondary Survey of Science Engagement – High School Version (PSSSE-HSV), was used to measure the participants’ recall of science engagement from grades 7-12 and the perception of support from school leadership. Additionally, participants provided a 400-500 words statement detailing their current work and future careers in science or science related fields. This study examines the proficiency of writing samples as an outcome of science engagement. A qualitative data analysis of writing samples and a constructed response item on the PSSSE-HSV investigates the outcome of complex human-environment interactions. The results showed that human-environment interactions are a significant aspect of science engagement, learning outcomes, and career choice.
Greer, Alma Shaw, "Perception of Science Engagement in Secondary 7-12 Classrooms: A Correlation of Postsecondary Biochemistry Students' Scientific Writing and their Ratings of Science Instruction" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 3475.