ERIC Number: EJ1048906
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Narrowing the Gender Gap: Enduring Changes in Middle School Students' Attitude toward Math, Science and Technology
Naizer, Gilbert; Hawthorne, Melissa J.; Henley, Tracy B.
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v15 n3 p29-34 Oct-Dec 2014
Middle School students from rural school districts participated in a Summer STEM program with academic year follow-up requirements. Both males and females showed increased interest and confidence regarding math science, technology, and problem-solving. Furthermore, these gains continued beyond the immediate impact of Summer program participation and were intact nine months later. However, perhaps the most interesting results from this study are the effects that the program had on closing the gap between males and females on several of these important indicators.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Gender Differences, Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, Attitude Change, Rural Schools, Summer Science Programs, Followup Studies, Student Interests, Problem Solving, Achievement Gains, Achievement Gap, Questionnaires, Attitude Measures, Likert Scales, Cohort Analysis, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
Institute for STEM Education and Research. P.O. Box 4001, Auburn, AL 36831. Tel: 334-844-3360; Web site: http://www.jstem.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: DRL-0833393