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ERIC Number: EJ1235833
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Dec
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0157-244X
Exploring Girls' Science Affinities through an Informal Science Education Program
Todd, Brandy; Zvoch, Keith
Research in Science Education, v49 n6 p1647-1676 Dec 2019
This study examines science interests, efficacy, attitudes, and identity--referred to as affinities, in the context of an informal science outreach program for girls. A mixed methods design was used to explore girls' science affinities before, during, and after participation in a cohort-based summer science camp. Multivariate analysis of survey data revealed that girls' science affinities varied as a function of the joint relationship between family background and number of years in the program, with girls from more affluent families predicted to increase affinities over time and girls from lower income families to experience initial gains in affinities that diminish over time. Qualitative examination of girls' perspectives on gender and science efficacy, attitudes toward science, and elements of science identities revealed a complex interplay of gendered stereotypes of science and girls' personal desires to prove themselves knowledgeable and competent scientists. Implications for the best practice in fostering science engagement and identities in middle school-aged girls are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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