The spring 2014 edition of The Journal of Technology Education features an article from KPC! We used data our evaluation of the UCSD ScienceBridge program’s Tech Sites to conduct a path analysis to determine whether/how attitudinal and self-reported proficiency data with biotechnology skills related to grades and scores on a matriculation exam. The article can be found here: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/JTE/v25n2/pdf/peterman.pdf
Here’s a sneak peek of the abstract:
Self-Report and Academic Factors in Relation to High School Students’ Success in an Innovative Biotechnology Program
This exploratory study investigates how science attitudes and self-reported proficiency with biotechnology skills relate to objective learning measures. A path analysis was conducted on the pre-post survey responses of 178 high school students who participated in an innovative biotechnology course. Awareness of biotechnology and pre-post measures of science attitudes and skill proficiency were assessed in relation to course grade and scores on a community college articulation exam. English Language Arts and Math scores were also included. Results indicated that each academic outcome was predicted by students’ science attitudes. In addition, exam scores were predicted by Math scores and students’ post-biotechnology proficiency ratings. Results are discussed in relation to the implementation of similar programs and the Next Generation Science Standards.