4-H participation and science interest in youth

Katherine E. Heck, Ramona M. Carlos, Cynthia Barnett, Martin Smith

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The study reported here investigated the impacts of participation in 4-H on young people's interest and participation in science. Survey data were collected from relatively large and ethnically diverse samples of elementary and high school-aged students in California. Results indicated that although elementary-grade 4-H members are not more interested in science than other youth, by high school, participation in 4-H is associated with a greater number of science classes and higher-level science coursework. These results suggest that the 4-H program may have the ability to influence science interest and participation in the long term among its members.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2FEA5
JournalJournal of Extension
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012

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  • Education


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