ERIC Number: ED319614
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation of the Differences in Attitude and Achievement between Male and Female Second and Fifth Grade Science Students.
Shaw, Edward L., Jr.; Doan, Robert L.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the difference in attitude toward achievement in science between boys and girls in grade two and in grade five to see if differences reported for middle school students may apply to elementary students. The need for such research is based upon the growing awareness among teachers, parents, administrators, researchers, and scholars that males outnumber females in science courses and science careers. The subjects in the study were administered the Nyberg and Clark Attitudinal Scale and the Stanford Achievement Test during the spring of 1985. The data were analyzed using independent t-tests. The results of this study indicated that the elementary students in grades 2 and 5 did not exhibit any gender differences in achievement and attitudes toward science. It appeared that students in this study had not been negatively affected by their encounter with science instruction. This study seems to imply that the early and continued positive science experiences by students are necessary to avoid a negative attitude towards science in later years. (CW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (63rd, Atlanta, GA, April 8-11, 1990).