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ERIC Number: EJ1037673
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1571-0068
Gender Differences in Learning of the Concept of Force, Representational Consistency, and Scientific Reasoning
Nieminen, Pasi; Savinainen, Antti; Viiri, Jouni
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v11 n5 p1137-1156 Oct 2013
This quantitative case study used a pre- and posttest design for exploring the gender differences in secondary school students' (n?=?131, 45 males and 86 females) learning of the force concept when an interactive engagement type of teaching was used. In addition, students' ability to interpret multiple representations (i.e., representational consistency) was documented by a pre- and posttest and scientific reasoning ability by a pretest only. Males significantly outperformed females in learning of the force concept, pre- and posttest representational consistency, and pretest scientific reasoning. However, the gender difference in learning of the force concept was not significant when ANCOVA was conducted using pretest results of representational consistency and scientific reasoning as covariates. This appeared to indicate that the gender difference in learning gain was related to students' abilities before the instruction. Thus, the teaching method used was equally effective for both genders. Further, our quantitative finding about the relation between representational consistency and learning of the force concept supports the assumption that multiple representations are important in science learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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