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Girls in science : the effect role models have on student interest / Maike L. Horn

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dc.contributor.advisor Mrazek, Rick
dc.contributor.author Horn, Maike L.
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-27T20:01:30Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-27T20:01:30Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/3123
dc.description xiv, 247 leaves ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract The central query of this study is focused around questions about increasing the numbers of girls and women in science. Surveys and focused group interviews were conducted with Grade 8 and 11 girls in two rural southern Alberta high schools to obtain an understanding of the impact they feel role models have on them with respect to an interest in science and the pursuit of a science career. While boys were also surveyed for comparison purposes, the focus of the study was girls‘ perceptions. Seemingly girls are just as interested in science topics as boys until they get to high school. While boys appear to continue to study science with interest, what prevents many girls from continuing to study topics they previously enjoyed? In elementary school many teachers are female but in high school a majority of science teachers are male. Does the gender of the teacher affect girls‘ interest in science? Extending this thought beyond the classroom: does the lack of positive visible female role models in science discourage girls‘ interest in science and science careers? The answers to these questions are complex. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2011 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education) en_US
dc.subject Science -- Study and teaching -- Alberta en_US
dc.subject Women in science en_US
dc.subject Girls -- Education -- Alberta en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Girls in science : the effect role models have on student interest / Maike L. Horn en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Education en_US

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