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ERIC Number: EJ773869
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0038-0407
The Role of Gender and Friendship in Advanced Course Taking
Riegle-Crumb, Catherine; Farkas, George; Muller, Chandra
Sociology of Education, v79 n3 p206-228 Jul 2006
This article examines the role of friends in girls' and boys' advanced course taking and explores whether friends' characteristics are particularly important for girls' math and science attainment. With the use of data from Adolescent Health and Academic Achievement and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Heath, the results indicate that same-sex friends' academic performance significantly predicts course taking in all subjects for girls, but not for boys. Furthermore, for math and science only, the effects of friends' performance are greater in the context of a predominantly female friendship group, which suggests that such groups provide a counterpoint to the gendered stereotypes and identities of those subjects.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health