Cascading Influences: Long-Term Impacts of STEM Informal Experiences for Girls

March 1st, 2013 | EVALUATION

This report is the result of a project to investigate through a sociocultural lens whether girls-only, informal STEM experiences have potential long-term influences on young women's lives, both in terms of STEM but also more generally. The authors documented young women's perceptions of their program experiences and the ways in which they influenced their future choices in education, careers, leisure pursuits, and ways of thinking about what science is and who does it. This report includes the questionnaire used in the study.


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Team Members

Dale McCreedy, Author, The Franklin Institute Science Museum
Lynn Dierking, Author, Oregon State University


Identifier Type: isbn
Identifier: 978-1-889939-16-1


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0452419
Funding Amount: 1205758

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Full Text
The Impact of Informal Science on Girls' Interest, Engagement and Participation in Science Communities, Hobbies and Careers: A Research and Dissemination Project


Access and Inclusion: Women and Girls
Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Pre-K Children (0-5) | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science | Engineering | General STEM | Mathematics | Technology
Resource Type: Reference Materials | Report | Research and Evaluation Instruments | Survey
Environment Type: Community Outreach Programs | Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Media and Technology | Museum and Science Center Programs | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Public Programs