Empowering Teachers to Enhance Adolescents' Motivation for Science

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CHAPTER 2: VALUE

Learning science can be a valued activity in many different ways. Where one student may perceive it as a useful tool in the pursuit of a personal goal, another may experience it as an enjoyable activity that satisfies personal curiosity.  No matter how it is valued, students who value science tend to be more motivated to learn, and to become more engaged with the subject matter in both the short and long term. Chapter 2 offers insight into how both male and female students might find value in science, and suggests ways in which you as teachers can foster this value in an engaging manner.

Resources to support teachers in promoting student valuing of science can be found by clicking on the links shown at right. Resources include handouts and activities, further reading, links to recommended websites, and short (~ 3 minute) video clips illustrating the importance of this concept to practicing scientists and showing exemplary high school teachers who practice the strategies recommended in the book.