Poster - Storytelling by an exemplary scientist to engage high school students in scientific practice

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Resource Type:
Conference Proceedings | Reference Materials
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Afterschool Programs, Laboratory Programs
Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Museum/ISE Professionals | Scientists | Learning Researchers
General STEM | Nature of science | Social science and psychology
University of Texas, El Paso
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This poster was presented at 2017 Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives (COURI) Symposium, El Paso, TX.

One of the principal challenges of the partnership of scientists and high school students are the existent barriers of language between them (Kim & Fortner, 2007). In other words, since scientists are usefully deemed as characters with higher power, status, and knowledge, students may feel nervous or intimidated, especially when scientists speak jargons and complex language. The best educators have a magical way of engaging their audiences with compelling stories. Even the talented few know that effective storytelling requires careful planning and practice and knowing the audience (Komoroske et al., 2015). Therefore, the purpose of this ethnographic study is to demonstrate how an exemplary scientist could communicate effectively with students through story telling.

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Team Members

Vania Ochoa VillalobosVania Ochoa VillalobosAuthor
Pei-Ling HsuAuthor

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