The purpose of this project was to develop a high-interest fictionalized science book that explicitly teaches the Next Generation of Science Standards’ Understandings of the Nature of Science with a featured female scientist role model. This book can be used in multiple approaches. That way, others (in addition to teachers) might want to use the book too. A book that moves, inspires and celebrates human endeavor. A story that makes the children feel proud and feel like they can accomplish their dreams. This project consisted of research on successful children’s story telling, an educator review conducted by teachers in the field of teaching elementary students and reviewed by a scientific expert. Three important findings to consider, a lack of representation in children’s scientific literature, an unfamiliarity with the understandings of the Nature of Science among elementary school teachers, and disparity between men and women in science, technology, and engineering fields.
|Advisor:||Hansen, Lisa Martin|
|Commitee:||Gomez Zwiep, Susan, Straits, William|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Elementary education, Science education, Gender studies|
|Keywords:||Children's literature, Female scientists, Nature of science, Representation, Trade book|
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