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ERIC Number: EJ923341
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1571-0068
Quantifying the Gender Gap in Science Interests
Baram-Tsabari, Ayelet; Yarden, Anat
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v9 n3 p523-550 Jun 2011
Nearly 5,000 self-generated science-related K-12 students' questions, classified into seven science subjects, were used to quantitatively measure the gender gap in science interests and its change with age. In this data set, a difference between boys' and girls' science interests did not exist during early childhood, but increased over 20-fold by the end of high school. Furthermore, the gap widened in a stereotypical manner, with girls being increasingly interested in biology and boys more interested in physics and technology. This method could be applied for identifying and comparing the gender gap in science interests between different populations based on different data sources.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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