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ERIC Number: ED406214
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Physics or Biology? Geometry or Algebra? Gender and Content Area Interactions on a High School Proficiency Test.
DeMars, Christine
The degree of gender differences in mathematics and science appears to vary with the content subdomain. Differences also appear to be greater on items assessing content knowledge than with items measuring reasoning about scientific processes. Many studies of gender differences have involved fairly select populations. This study focuses instead on a broad population, representing a random sampling of almost all high school juniors in Michigan. The focus of this study is the pilot results from the science and math portions of the Michigan High School Proficiency Test (HSPT), a diploma endorsement test that includes both constructed response and multiple-choice items. Two of the pilot forms of the mathematics and science sections of the HSPT were examined for gender by content scale interactions. Other studies had found gender differences to be greater in geometry (compared with algebra) and physical and earth sciences (compared with life sciences and process-oriented science items). These findings were generally not replicated with the HSPT (except among students above the 95th percentile on the mathematics test). Correlations among the subscales were similar for boys and girls as were the standard errors of measurement for each scale. (Author/PVD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan