Attitude Boost

Attitude Boost: Improving attitudes toward science.


Even with higher per-pupil expenditures, students in the United States perform significantly lower on scientific achievement tests than many of their peers around the world. Systematically relating the value of science to students’ everyday lives can improve attitudes, which translates into high scientific achievement and literacy.


KDHRC developed Attitude Boost to increase students’ positive attitudes toward science and science literacy and achievement. Attitude Boost is a science curricula supplement comprised of materials for teachers of elementary school students (grades 4 and 5) and middle school students (grades 7-8). The supplement also includes complementary online games and associated lessons. The goal of Attitude Boost is threefold:

Increasing students’ enjoyment of and engagement with science subjects.

Improving students’ academic performance in science subjects, particularly those related to drug abuse education and prevention.

Raising students’ scientific literacy to actively process and apply scientific information in everyday tasks.


Elementary and middle school students exposed to Attitude Boost gained knowledge about science, with younger students demonstrating the greatest increases in positive attitudes.  Elementary school students exposed to Attitude Boost showed more recognition of the importance of science than students who were unexposed to the supplement. This improved recognition of the importance of science is also apparent among middle school students exposed to Attitude Boost, though the difference between the rate of change in the exposed and unexposed groups is insignificant.

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“My students still bring up questions that pertain to the materials we covered in AB. I think this is a great program!”– A fifth grade teacher in Florida

Attitude Boost

Parents and teachers of these children face the burden of navigating and securing school services and easing transitions into and out of school because of absences. Project PENCIL aims to reduce this burden by increasing parents’ and teachers’ knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy toward managing the educational needs of CICISA; and providing parents and teachers with practical skills to understand, navigate, and advocate for school services, while decreasing their stress. Armed with these improved skills and lower stress, teachers and parents will then contribute to a more supportive school environment for CICISA characterized by greater access to school.

Staff Contact
Nicole I. Wanty
Research Associate I, Vulnerable Populations Program Manager