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Letting Girls Speak Out About Science

  • Dale Rose Baker
Part of the Cultural and Historical Perspectives on Science Education book series (CHPS)

Abstract

I conducted this study because I was interested in the question of why attitude research indicated that girls did not like science and were less likely to pursue a career in science. I was also puzzled about the drop in interest in science that occurred around the time students made the transition from elementary to high school.

Keywords

Science Education Science Career American Educational Research Association American Educational Research Journal Woman Scientist 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dale Rose Baker
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  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityUSA

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