Engaging Students in Environmental Research Projects: Perceptions of Fluency with Innovative Technologies and Levels of Scientific Inquiry Abilities

Ebenezer, J., Kaya, O. N., & Ebenezer, D. L.

This longitudinal study used a mixed-method approach to investigate the impact of student engagement in scientific research projects on high-level scientific inquiry abilities. A total of 125 9th- through 12th-grade students participated in the three-year study. The scientific projects focused on community-based environmental issues. Data were collected through surveys, interviews, and evaluation of students ‘research papers. Results from the survey and qualitative interviews showed that students participating in the scientific research projects improved their perception of fluency with innovative technology. Evaluation of students' research papers showed a high-level ability to conduct scientific inquiry.

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