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

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ERN Item Type: 

  • Education Reports

Organization: 

United States Department of Education (ED)

Description: 

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.

Publication Year: 

2016

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