Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Preservice Elementary Teachers and Science Literacy"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2011 - DURI
Research area(s):
Science, Education
Project Description:
To improve science literacy for K-12 students we need to help future teachers develop positive attitudes and abilities in science. The objective of our research project is to systematically investigate Purdue preservice elementary teachers' beliefs, attitudes, and knowledge about science. We are investigating how current courses on campus impact future teachers' knowledge and attitudes and will use the results as the basis for suggesting ways to improve courses like this in the future.
Expected Student Contributions:
Working jointly with a graduate student, the intern will assist with development, administration, and analysis of educational surveys and essays. Some training in qualitative research methods will be provided.
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Desired Qualifications:
The top desired qualification is interest and motivation to participate actively in the research project. Other useful attributes would be a background in either education or science, with an interest in education research. Human subjects training will be required if the intern has not previously completed this.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Harbor, Jon
dept of earth and atmospheric sciences

Student Supervisor

Nadine Dolby
as above

Cooperating Faculty

Nadine Dolby
College of Education