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Title: The Influence of School Science Teachers: The Differential Importance Attributed by Males and Females to Encouragement from Science Teachers
Contributor(s): Wilson, Sue (author); Lyons, Terry  (author); Quinn, Frances  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2013
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Abstract: Research on the achievement and retention of female students in science and mathematics is located within a context of falling levels of participation in physical science and mathematics courses in Australian schools, and underrepresentation of females in some science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses. The Interests and Recruitment in Science (IRIS) project is an international project that aims to contribute to understanding and improving recruitment, retention and gender equity in STEM higher education. Nearly 3500 first year students in 30 Australian universities responded to the IRIS survey of 5-point Likert items and open responses. This paper explores gender differences in first year university students' responses to three questions about important influences on their course choice. The IRIS study found good teachers were rated highly by both males and females as influential in choosing STEM courses, and significantly higher numbers of females rated personal encouragement from senior high school science teacher as very important. In suggestions for addressing sex disparities in male-dominated STEM courses, more females indicated the importance of good teaching/encouragement and more females said (unspecified) encouragement. This study relates to the influence of school science teachers and results are discussed in relation to implications for science education.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: WorldSTE 2013: World Conference on Science and Technology Education, Sarawak, Malaysia, 29th September - 3rd October, 2013
Source of Publication: World Conference on Science and Technology Education Abstracts, p. 271-271
Publisher: ICASE: International Council of Associations for Science Education
Place of Publication: Sarawak, Malaysia
Field of Research (FOR): 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
130106 Secondary Education
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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