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Integrating the Nature of Science in Children's Literature with Representation of Females in Science
by Ashcraft, Lizette, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 75; 10977602
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hansen, Lisa Martin
Commitee: Gomez Zwiep, Susan, Straits, William
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Science Education
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
Publication Number: 10977602
ISBN: 978-1-392-07369-8
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