The effectiveness of take‐home science kits at the elementary level

Eugene Gennaro, Frances Lawrenz

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A major reason for the lack of scientific and technological literacy in this country is the lack of emphasis on high‐quality science education at the elementary school level. The National Science Board Commission on Precollege Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology states in its report (1983) that formal study of science must be reinforced by a wide range of activities outside the school. Learning in the home appears to be an excellent way to enhance elementary school science programs. Students who study with their parents or whose parents are involved in school activities achieve more in school. This study describes and presents evaluation data for a program that encourages elementary school students and their parents to study science topics in a hands‐on, inquiry fashion in their own homes. The analyses of the data indicate that the program is viewed very positively by both the students and their parents, that there are gender and grade‐level differences in the students, and that the program seems to be more effective for girls, a group at risk for continuing in science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)985-994
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Research in Science Teaching
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 1992

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