ERIC Number: ED384430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Gender Differences in Science Interests: An Analysis of Science Fair Projects.
Lawton, Carol A.; Bordens, Kenneth S.
Gender differences in science interests were examined in two studies of projects entered in a regional science fair in kindergarten through grade 12. A content analysis of 1,319 project topics and materials submitted to the Northeastern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair from 1991 through 1993 showed that girls were more likely than boys to enter projects in biology and less likely to enter projects in physics, with the gender difference in physics smallest at grades K-2 and largest at grades 9-12. It also found that girls and boys tended to use materials related to gender-typed interest, such as household products and plants by girls and paper airplanes and electricity by boys. In a second study, interviews with science fair participants revealed no evidence that parents discriminated in topic selection or help with physics or biology projects on the basis of their child's gender. (Contains 25 references.) (Author/MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (61st, Indianapolis, IN, March 30-April 2, 1995).