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ERIC Number: EJ775010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 30
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4308
Gender Ratios in High School Science Departments: The Effect of Percent Female Faculty on Multiple Dimensions of Students' Science Identities
Gilmartin, Shannon; Denson, Nida; Li, Erika; Bryant, Alyssa; Aschbacher, Pamela
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, v44 n7 p980-1009 Sep 2007
To examine how school characteristics are tied to science and engineering views and aspirations of students who are underrepresented in science and engineering fields, this mixed-methods study explores relationships between aspects of students' science identities, and the representation of women among high school science teachers. Quantitative analyses tested the hypothesis that percent female faculty would have a positive effect on girls' science interests, and perceptions in particular, given the potentially greater availability of women role models. Findings indicate that percent female science faculty does not have an effect on a range of science measures for both male and female students, including the ways in which they understand scientific practice, their science self-concept, and their interest in science-related college majors. As qualitative data demonstrate, this could reflect practical constraints at schools where female faculty are concentrated and narrow perceptions of science teachers and "real" science.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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