The 4-H Science Initiative has renewed efforts to strengthen 4-H programmatic and evaluation efforts in science and engineering education. A fundamental component of this initiative is to provide opportunities to youth to aid in their development of science process skills; however, emerging research stresses the importance of engaging youth in authentic practices of science and engineering. Refocusing 4-H efforts on a sociocultural framework of science education that emphasizes a participation-oriented framework towards learning scientific and engineering practices ensures 4-H programs are affording youth high-quality learning experiences.
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Worker, S. M. (2013). Embracing Scientific and Engineering Practices in 4-H. The Journal of Extension, 51(3), Article 4. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol51/iss3/4