Capstone/Dissertation Title

Benefits of girls-only secondary science classes

Term

2006

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Abstract

There has been a consistent pattern of girls performing poorly in secondary science and math, which leads to their purposely avoiding careers that involve these subjects. It is of utmost importance to empower girls, so they can be good at science and math and therefore be able to make informed decisions when choosing careers, whether they are math/science-related or not. By examining the situation in coeducational science and math classrooms, researchers found that girls are disadvantaged. The differences between the genders' learning styles make it difficult for girls to learn effectively in mixed classes. I documented the experiences of three 7th grade girls from a girls-only science class, and their teacher, to see if they were able to attain the same benefits reported by researchers. Results showed these girls had high comfort and confidence levels, maintained good grades, and viewed their intelligence as being linked to academic success.

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