Project WetKids: An Interdisciplinary Investigation of Integrated Science and Arts Learning Along the Mississippi Gulf Coast

By Anita Davis, Julie Cwikla and Christopher Barry.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Awarded by the United States National Science Foundation as one of only sixteen projects in the NSF Academies of Young Scientists, Project WetKids will provide a fully replicable model through its integrated sciences and arts content and interdisciplinary research approach led by a multi-discipline investigative team at The University of Southern Mississippi in collaboration with the Pascagoula School District and the Mississippi Audubon. Multiple forms of Project WetKids data were collected and reviewed during the first year of the two-year project relative to (a) student attitudes and achievement in pursuit of STEM learning and (b) teacher quality and attitudes towards collaboration and STEM interdisciplinary curricular activities. Results to date indicate students’ higher satisfaction than control group students in overall feelings about teachers.

Keywords: Out-of-School Time, Science Learning, Teacher Education, Arts Integration

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 9, pp.63-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 500.573KB).

Dr. Anita Davis

Associate Professor, School of Music, Center for Research in Creative Learning, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, USA

Anita Davis is Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of the Center for Research in Creative Learning at The University of Southern Mississippi, through which she coordinates collaborative research in interdisciplinary and arts-focused learning relevant to school organization, teacher capacity, student interest, and the development of creativity.

Dr. Julie Cwikla

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Ocean Springs, MS, USA

Julie Cwikla is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. Her research interests focus on mathematics education, teacher learning, professional development embedded in practice, and the evolution of communities of professional practice.

Dr. Christopher Barry

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, USA

Chris Barry is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi and is a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of Mississippi. His research is focused on investigations of risk and protective factors related to youth behavioral problems and the impact of project-based school curricula on students' attitudes, conduct, and motivation.

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