ERIC Number: EJ1122981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
"I Fall Asleep in Class … but Physics Is Fascinating": The Use of Large-Scale Longitudinal Data to Explore the Educational Experiences of Aspiring Girls in Mathematics and Physics
Mujtaba, Tamjid; Reiss, Michael J.
Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, v16 n4 p313-330 2016
This article explores how students' aspirations to study mathematics or physics in post-16 education are associated with their perceptions of their education, their motivations, and the support they feel they received. The analysis is based on the responses of around 10,000 students in England in Year 8 (age 12-13) and then in Year 10 (age 14-15). The students were first surveyed during 2008-2009 and then followed up in 2010-2011. t-tests revealed a decline in their perceptions of their mathematics and physics education. Factor analyses indicated subject-specific constructs that were associated with gender aspiration groups (i.e., high-aspiring girls, high-aspiring boys, low-aspiring girls, low-aspiring boys). High-aspiring girls were more likely than low-aspiring boys to be positive about mathematics/physics education, motivation in these subjects, and support received. However, high-aspiring girls were less likely than high-aspiring boys to be encouraged by their teachers and families to continue with these subjects post-16 and had lower self-concepts, intrinsic valuations, and perceptions of lessons. Low-aspiring girls reported the least favorable views of their mathematics/physics education of all four gender aspiration groups. Findings were generally similar for mathematics and physics, although students overall responded more favorably to mathematics than to physics. The quantitative findings are illustrated with extracts from longitudinal interviews (ages 15, 16, and 17) of two high-aspiring girls.
Descriptors: Females, Physics, Foreign Countries, Grade 9, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, Science Instruction, Science Education, Longitudinal Studies, Student Experience, Academic Aspiration, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Grade 7, Student Motivation, Science Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Males, STEM Education, Semi Structured Interviews, Questionnaires, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools; Grade 7; Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)