Getting students involved in studies being conducted on education can be difficult. They feel disconnected from the process, not understanding why they are being asked specific questions and become disengaged from the topic. However, the Public Science Project is trying to change that by involving students in studies on education.
The Public Science Project works with various systems, from schools to homeless shelters, to engage children from diverse ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. These students then participate in a 2 day camp, learning about the basics of how to conduct a survey, including lessons on interviews, focus groups, methods training and survey design.
Once they complete the 2 day camp, they start participating in surveys for products like an educational website for younger students. These students receive either high school or college credit, or money, for participating in this program. Those that run the program find that giving the students something for their participation makes them feel their opinions are valued and that they have the ability to affect their school and education. The students have participated in surveys on racial segregation, special needs classrooms as well as surveys in disciplinary action and the negative effect of high-stakes testing for English language learners. The Public Science Project aims to effectively engage students in their own classrooms for the success of innovative new programs and strategies.
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