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Identifier
Thesis
1423
Author
Kline, Jennifer.
Title
The
significance
of the
Young
Scholar
Program
: an
investigation
of
atrisk
students
enrolled
in a
mathematics
and
science
program
Publisher
Central Connecticut State University
Date of Publication
1995
Resource Type
Master's Thesis
Abstract
This
thesis
tested
the
development
of the
students
of the
Young
Scholar
Program
(YSP)
throughout
their
fiveweek
stay
at
Wesleyan
University
during
the
summer
of
1994
.
Tests
were
done
to
see
if the
program
met
the
many
different
goals
it
set
for
minority
urban
high
school
students
. The
specific
areas
of
attitudes
toward
mathematics
and
sciences
,
problemsolving
ability
and
study
habits
were
tested
. This
ex
post
facto
study
intended
to
show
the
importance
of the
existence
of
programs
such
as
YSP
.
Sixty
highly
motivated
students
were
selected
from
areas
identified
as "
atrisk
". The
group
of
students
chosen
had
ethnic
and
gender
balance
. These
students
were
given
questionnaires
and
surveys
at the
beginning
and
end
of the
program
. The
data
were
analyzed
using
oneway
analysis
of
variance
,
Ftests
and
included
the
evaluation
of a
Likert
scale
.
While
most
of the
students
at the
beginning
of the
program
hoped
to
attend
at
fouryear
college
, the
analysis
showed
all
the
students
at the
end
of the
program
shared
this
hope
. Their
parents
also had this
expectation
for them.
After
the
program
, a
majority
of the
students
said
they
wanted
to
work
in an
career
in the
math
or
science
field
. The
students
chose
careers
before
and
after
the
program
, and
although
the
percentage
of
math
and
sciencespecific
careers
slightly
decreased
, a
decided
majority
of the
students
were
intent
on
pursuing
such
careers
.
Students
learned
about
the
many
different
applications
of
math
and
science
,
so
an
explanation
of the
decrease
could
be that
students
found
careers
that
incorporated
both
math
and
science
and
another
field
of their
interest
.
When
asked
about
study
habits
, the
students
showed
slight
increases
in
time
they
planned
to
spend
on
studies
,
although
the
change
was not
found
to be
significant
.
However
, the
experience
at
YSP
may
increase
the
quality
of
study
accomplished
in the
same
amount
of
time
. The
students
'
attitudes
toward
the
program
were
found
to be
significantly
improved
. At the
end
of the
program
, the
students
felt
that the
program
was
more
familiar
, and
it
was a
unique
experience
. These
results
are
reinforced
by the
data
from the
post
program
questionnaire
Likertscale
questions
.
90%
of the
students
felt
their
time
was
well
spent
at the
program
.
Approximately
the
same
percentage
felt
that their
math
and
science
skills
had
increased
because
of the
program
, and they would
recommend
this
experience
to a
friend
. The
students
'
confidence
in their
abilities
to
do
mathematics
and
science
was
improved
by the
program
,
say
86%
of the
students
on the
postprogram
survey
.
However
, there was a
significant
change
in the
students
'
confidence
in
themselves
as
researchers
, as
shown
in the
attitudinal
survey
. Their
perception
of
themselves
moved
from
extraordinary
to
average
. This
is
perhaps
because
the
students
were
able
to
conduct
their
own
research
and
experience
its
difficulties
. The
information
from
both
of these
questionnaires
supports
this
theory
because
the
students
are
still
confident
in their
abilities
as
math
and
science
students
, and
91
%
said
that they
understand
the
research
process
better
.
Therefore
, the
students
remain
confident
in their
abilities
but have
reached
a
maturity
in the
appreciation
of
scientific
research
. In
addition
, the
students
were
able
to
experience
a
glimpse
at
college
life
and be
around
highly
motivated
students
like
themselves
. As the
students
built
their
selfconfidence
in
studying
mathematics
and
science
they
enjoyed
themselves
.
Therefore
, the
students
have
gained
a
unique
and
positive
experience
centering
around
mathematics
and
science
. This
unique
experience
would not have been
possible
without
the
Young
Scholar
Program
Notes
"
Submitted
in
Partial
Fulfillment
of the
Requirements
for the
Degree
of
Master
of
Science
in
Mathematics.
";
Thesis
advisor
:
Philip
Halloran.
;
M.S.,Central
Connecticut
State
University,1995
;
Includes
bibliographical
references
.
Subject
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.). Young Scholar Program.
Educational tests and measurements.
Social sciencesResearch.
Social sciencesMethodology.
High school studentsAttitudes.
Department
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Advisor
Halloran, Philip P
Type
Text
Software
System requirements: PC and World Wide Web browser.
Language
eng
OCLC number
36314335
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