Even Einstein struggled: Effects of learning about great scientists struggles on high school students motivation to learn science.

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Link to Resource: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Study/81864
Resource Type:Education Reports; Professional Resources
Organization:United States Department of Education (ED)
Publication Date:2016
Summary:This study from ED's Institute of Education Sciences What Works Clearinghouse examined whether students who read stories about the personal or intellectual struggles of famous scientists has higher science grades than students who read only about the scientists's achievements. The study authors randomly assigned students in four New York City high schools to three groups within the same science classrooms. One group of students was assigned to read about the personal struggles of Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, and Michael Faraday, while another read about their intellectual struggles. A third group was assigned to read about their achievements without mention of their struggles. The study authors reported that students who read stories about thee scientists' personal or intellectual struggles had higher science grades than students who read about their achievements only.
Subjects: 9-12; case study; department of education; high school; reading; report
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