gender equity, science course enrollment
In order to ascertain whether local patterns corresponded to the national trends, which show fewer female and minority students enrolling in and completing high school physical science courses, the Cedar Rapids Community School District studied the course enrollment and drop patterns of seniors in one of the District high schools. Male students predominated in physics and AP Chemistry, and the proportion of males in AP Physics was significantly greater than the proportion of females. The proportion of females in chemistry was significantly greater than their proportion in the senior class. Course dropping patterns revealed a statistically significant relationship between gender and course dropping, as well as in course completion. As a result of these findings, intervention strategies have been implemented to increase female students' persistence in science course completion.
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Stephen, Sandra L. and Riesz, Elizabeth D.
"Gender Patterns in Science Course Enrollment and Course Drop Patterns in an Iowa Senior High School,"
The Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science: JIAS: Vol. 102:
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uni.edu/jias/vol102/iss3/5