Title

Perception of Science Engagement in Secondary 7-12 Classrooms: A Correlation of Postsecondary Biochemistry Students' Scientific Writing and their Ratings of Science Instruction

Advisor

Brocato, D. Kay

Committee Member

Brown-Johnson, Ashli

Committee Member

Prince, Debra L.

Committee Member

Xu, Jianzhong

Date of Degree

1-1-2017

Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

Major

Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Education Administration

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

College

College of Education

Department

Department of Educational Leadership

Abstract

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.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/19252

Comments

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