1. Barbara Rogoff
  2. http://people.ucsc.edu/~brogoff/
  3. UCSC Foundation Professor of Psychology
  5. University of California
  1. Lucía Alcalá
  2. Assistant Professor
  4. California State University Fullerton
  1. Angélica López Fraire
  2. Assistant Professor
  4. Marymount California University

"SGER: Learning through Observing and Pitching In to Community Activities." S...

NSF Awards: 0837898

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Undergraduate, Graduate, Informal / multi-age

Helping others may be a powerful motivator to engage in science.  This may be especially true for children from underrepresented backgrounds.  Here we show videos from a study of children with opportunities to help a science instructor. Mexican-heritage California children from families with limited Western schooling showed impressive helpfulness — more than children from highly schooled families.  They spontaneously helped a science instructor, and their mothers reported that they usually pitch in to help voluntarily at home.   Classroom practices often discourage children from helping the teacher. But if teachers encourage children's helping, this could help to broaden children's participation in science.

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