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ERIC Number: EJ906823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0883-0355
Sex Differences in School Science Performance from Middle Childhood to Early Adolescence
Haworth, Claire M. A.; Dale, Philip S.; Plomin, Robert
International Journal of Educational Research, v49 n2-3 p92-101 2010
We investigated whether the sexes differ in science performance before they make important course and career selections. We collected teacher-report data from a sample of children from the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) assessed at ages 9, 10 and 12 years (N greater than 2500 pairs). In addition we developed a test of scientific enquiry and administered it to a sub-sample of TEDS (n = 1135; age = 14 years). We found no evidence for mean sex differences in science performance assessed by teachers, or by our test of scientific enquiry, although boys were somewhat more variable. At a time when adolescents are making important course choices, girls are performing just as well as boys. (Contains 3 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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