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Smail, Barbara; Kelly, Alison – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1984
Eleven-year-old secondary school students (N=2065) were given a variety of attitude and achievement tests. Although both boys and girls had positive attitudes toward science, boys preferred studying physical science while girls preferred studying biology. Implications of these and other findings are discussed. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Science Education, Secondary Education, Secondary School Science
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Smail, Barbara; Kelly, Alison – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1984
Results from three cognitive tests revealed few sex differences among 11-year-old students (N=2065). Neither question style (multiple-choice or structured) nor content (masculine or feminine) has any great effect on sex differences in performance. However, boys performed markedly better than girls on tests of spatial ability and mechanical…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cognitive Tests, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science
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Kelly, Alison – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1988
High school students were asked to identify the factors that influenced their school subject choice. Both sexes named the same influences. Detailed analyses of subject choices in physics and technical craft are presented and support from parents, teachers, and friends are cited as the strongest predictors of choice. (CW)
Descriptors: Course Selection (Students), Enrollment Influences, Females, Males