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ERIC Number: EJ960633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1094-3277
Gender Differences in Science-Related Attitudes and Interests among Middle School and High School Students
Desy, Elizabeth A.; Peterson, Scott A.; Brockman, Vicky
Science Educator, v20 n2 p23-30 Fall 2011
A survey of 6th-12th grade students was conducted to measure their science-related attitudes and interests. Significant gender differences were found among these students. Females reported more anxiety about science as well as less motivation in and enjoyment of science than males. In spite of their unfavorable attitudes toward science, a large percentage of females expected to pursue a college major and subsequent career in the health sciences. We discuss reasons for the disconnect between female students' attitudes and their choice of college major and career. (Contains 9 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools; Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A