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ERIC Number: ED535484
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
Unequal Achievement of Science Undergraduates: Does Sex Influence the Differences?
Patrick, Ajaja O.
Online Submission, US-China Education Review B 6 p578-594 2012
The major purpose of this study was to determine if gender influences grade points earned by university students who majored in biology, chemistry, and physics. The design of the study was ex-post facto, considering the academic records of science students admitted from 2003 to 2007. The total number of subjects used for the study was 637 biology, chemistry, and physics education students. The instrument used for data collection was the students' data cards. The major findings of the study included: (1) Females dominated enrolment in biology, males dominated enrolment in physics, and enrolment in chemistry was nearly equal for males and females; (2) Male students significantly out-performed the females on grade points earned in chemistry and physics, while there was no significant difference between males and females in biology; (3) There was no significant difference between males and females of high ability in chemistry and physics and of middle and low abilities in biology, while significant differences were found between males and females of middle and low abilities in chemistry and physics; and (4) There was significant difference in GPA (grade point averages) between males and females by discipline and level. (Contains 4 tables.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nigeria