Overview: The Families and Science Project is a research project funded by the National Science Foundation. The project employs a mixed-methods design with a focus on quantitative methods.
The study has four aims:
To develop reliable, valid measures of Latino adolescent motivational beliefs and family support
To test whether family supports predict motivational beliefs and course enrollment
To test how indicators in Aim 2 vary based on gender, culture, English language skills, and relationship quality
To examine how family supports strengthen or weaken the relation between school-based interactions (teachers and peer support) and adolescents’ pursuit of science
The research examines a three-part model which may provide a deeper understanding of how Latino families support youth through their general education strategies, beliefs about physical science, and science specific behaviors. This approach incorporates motivation and eco-developmental theories while pursuing an innovative line of research that examines how the contributions of older siblings and cousins complement or supplement parental support.