Latino/Hispanic Students’ Motivation to Enter the Field of Ecology: Facilitated Through Professional Learning of Teachers in an Elementary School

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Paper presented American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, USA.


As our country appears to be moving toward a green economy, why aren’t more Latino/Hispanic students interested in pursuing careers in ecology and the natural sciences? This research and professional development project was implemented as a teacher training program that will engage the interest of Latino/Hispanic elementary school students in learning about and pursuing careers in ecology and the natural sciences. Findings from qualitative data analyses and interpretation of these analyses by project researchers and Latino/Hispanic staff from the subject school served as a conceptual framework for development of the teacher professional learning intervention. The intervention will be instituted in fall semester 2010 in an elementary school and will be evaluated using Guskey’s five levels of evaluation of professional development.