New Study on High School Students Attitudes in Science Classes
A new study from Northern Illinois University reports some interesting differences in the way high school students respond to science classes, based on their gender: male students report being more engaged by “public” activities like presentations and labs, while the female students in the study preferred more individual activities like listening to lectures and working on assignments. In addition, female students reported feeling more stress and boredom in their science classes than the male students, while the male students felt they were better skilled in the material and concentrated more in class.
(To be honest, the bit I found most concerning was the level of challenge – the average student response to how challenged they felt by the class was “a little”, and the average response was “somewhat” to the amount of new material being learned. No wonder many students feel that intro level science classes are difficult – and possibly leave science for another field…)
Are we losing too many potentially talented women scientists in high school – and how can we change that? What about your own recollection of those classes – if you felt this way in high school, what changed your mind?