Linking early science interest and informal science experiences

January 1st, 2014 | RESEARCH

This study considers the relationship between preschoolers’ early exposure to informal science experiences and their interest in science, with particular attention paid to gender differences. A longitudinal study of children ages 4 to 7 found that early science interest was a strong predictor of later parent-provided opportunities to engage in science learning.


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Melissa Ballard, Author, Afterschool Alliance

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Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Pre-K Children (0-5)
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM
Resource Type: Research Brief | Research Products
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Informal | Formal Connections | Public Programs