Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Enhancing Adolescents' Motivation for Science

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Enhancing Adolescents' Motivation for Science

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Enhancing Adolescents' Motivation for Science

By Lee Shumow and Jennifer A. Schmidt. $27.95.

170 pp. Corwin Press. Thousand Oaks, CA. 2014.

ISBN: 9781452269696.

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How can teachers motivate all of their students, males and females, to learn science? This is one of the greatest challenges facing science teachers today. This book covers motivational theory, research, and practices to help teachers meet this challenge.

Many of the motivational processes presented include data from the Science in the Moment (SciMo) Project. Teachers are encouraged to examine their pedagogy as they strive to increase the number of students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In the United States, this is a high priority if we are to remain competitive in the 21st century. In 10 chapters with vivid tables and figures, this comprehensive resource encompasses a plethora of research-based strategies to enhance student motivation. These strategies are correlated with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

A major theme throughout the book is gender. The authors include numerous tables and figures illustrating gender differences in science. It is noted that females feel less confident, underestimate their success in science, and exhibit a stereotype threat in STEM courses. In many instances, science teachers spend more class time interacting with male students, and males become more engaged when the work becomes more challenging. …

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