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1:00 PM
133F Erickson Hall
Expectations of Academic Institutions, Teaching and mentoring students

Understanding and Influencing Adolescents’ Motivation for Science: A Program of Research Focused on Gender and Teacher Effects in Diverse Educational Settings

In this talk, Dr. Schmidt will highlight findings from her NSF-funded program of research on adolescents’ engagement and interest in science. Using multiple methodologies, this research reveals systematic differences in the subjective experience of males and females in high school science classrooms, and identifies patterns of teacher beliefs and teacher-student interaction that may partially explain these subjective differences. Dr. Schmidt will share results from her recent and ongoing efforts to influence students’ motivation for science through targeted classroom intervention, teacher professional development, and summer STEM programming in urban areas.