High School Students' Views of Science in a University Science Internship with Cogenerative Dialogues

Gabriel Micah Hayes, University of Texas at El Paso

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to determine how participation in long term university science internships affect nature of science (NOS) conceptual change in high school students. The study was conducted on high school students who volunteered to participate in a seven month university science internship in west Texas. Student views of NOS were measured by pre- and post-internship interviews using five questions about NOS. Internship and no internship student responses were qualitatively analyzed to show change in views of NOS. Findings indicated that participation in long term science internships with cogenerative dialogues improved students conceptualizations of the social dimensions of NOS more than the no internship students. This trend indicates that long term science internships and cogenerative dialogues improve student conceptualizations of the role of social interaction in developing meaning in science.^

Subject Area

Secondary education|Science education

Recommended Citation

Hayes, Gabriel Micah, "High School Students' Views of Science in a University Science Internship with Cogenerative Dialogues" (2017). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI10273330.
http://digitalcommons.utep.edu/dissertations/AAI10273330

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