Date of Award

8-2002

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Science Education

First Advisor

Dr. Aletta Zietsman-Thomas

Second Advisor

Dr. Julie Henderleiter

Third Advisor

Dr. Steve Malcolm

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

This study investigates the memories college students have of their science experiences in kindergarten through twelfth grade. 153 students were surveyed to determine what science activities they remember and what they actually learned from these activities. The data were analyzed in terms of the students' major fields of study, the grade level at the time of the experience, the number and types of science activities, the type of science field, and the level of cognitive learning. Results indicate that students with science related majors tend to remember more science activities. Most of the activities reported were from grades 4-6. The kinds of activities reported varied widely, but over half of the activities reported were in the biological fields. The majority of the reports indicated low levels of learning or no learning at all as a result of the science activities experienced.

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