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1. Anderton, Charles Brett. Affecting attitudes towards science, high school African American students.

Degree: MS, Aerospace Engineering, 2014, Mississippi State University

Racial minorities, women, and people with disabilities are underrepresented in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Attitude towards science has been shown to be a reliable predictor of science achievement. Project-Based Learning (PBL) has been shown to improve attitude towards a topic. The sample selected consisted of 113 African American high school students (68% to 32% female to male ratio) from Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. A quasi-experimental research design which consisted of pre and post intervention measures of participants attitudes towards science was utilized in this study. Overall, Phase 1, a week-long residential camp, saw greater increases with direct respect to time or gender due to the immersive nature of the camp, whereas Phase 2, an eight week long outreach, saw a more complex interaction of the two factors. PBL was shown to be an effective method of instruction to reach African American and women populations. Advisors/Committee Members: Debra Prince (committee member), David Thompson (committee member), Keith Koenig (chair), Cade Smith (chair).

Subjects/Keywords: female; underrepresented population; repeated measures; education; African American; STEM; project; PBL; TOSRA

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APA (6th Edition):

Anderton, C. B. (2014). Affecting attitudes towards science, high school African American students. (Masters Thesis). Mississippi State University. Retrieved from http://sun.library.msstate.edu/ETD-db/theses/available/etd-04042014-093651/ ;

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Anderton, Charles Brett. “Affecting attitudes towards science, high school African American students.” 2014. Masters Thesis, Mississippi State University. Accessed May 26, 2019. http://sun.library.msstate.edu/ETD-db/theses/available/etd-04042014-093651/ ;.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Anderton, Charles Brett. “Affecting attitudes towards science, high school African American students.” 2014. Web. 26 May 2019.

Vancouver:

Anderton CB. Affecting attitudes towards science, high school African American students. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Mississippi State University; 2014. [cited 2019 May 26]. Available from: http://sun.library.msstate.edu/ETD-db/theses/available/etd-04042014-093651/ ;.

Council of Science Editors:

Anderton CB. Affecting attitudes towards science, high school African American students. [Masters Thesis]. Mississippi State University; 2014. Available from: http://sun.library.msstate.edu/ETD-db/theses/available/etd-04042014-093651/ ;

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