ERIC Number: ED440885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
The Sisters in Science Program: Building Girls' Interest and Achievement in Science and Mathematics.
Hammrich, Penny L.; Richardson, Greer M.; Livingston, Beverly
The Sisters in Science program seeks to increase elementary school girls' interest and achievement in science and mathematics, to create a more positive learning climate for minority school girls and their families on academic and community/social levels, and increase the knowledge base and understanding of parents with respect to their influence in promoting girls' interest and achievement in science and mathematics. This paper reports on how 577 fourth grade girls in year one of the program and 627 fourth and fifth grade girls in year two of the program changed their interest and achievement in science and mathematics. Findings show that the girls started the program with positive attitudes and perceptions of science and about science career possibilities. The girls did significantly (p<.001) increase their science and mathematics skill levels after having participated in the program in both years one and two. It could be stated that the girls' achievement scores on the skills test increased significantly because the girls' attitudes and perceptions were positive before program implementation. (Contains 54 references.) (Author/ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (New Orleans, LA, April 28-May 1, 2000).