Cultural Perspectives in Science Education

Understanding Girls

Quantitative and Qualitative Research

Authors: Baker, Dale Rose

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  • This book is unique because it provides insights in to the perspective of girls, often in their own voice, about their participation in science, successful approaches to support girls in science, and the historical context of the social and cognitive variables used to explain girls’ participation in science
  • Understanding Girls is unique because it documents the research of one scholar over a period of more than 30 years as she explored theories and methodological approaches to gain insights into the factors that promoted or hindered girls’ participation in science
  • Understanding Girls is unique because it reveals the thinking of one of the leading scholars in science education as she describes what led her to each research study, her choice of theories and analytical techniques, and the educational and cultural milieu that influenced her during the time the research was conducted
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Understanding Girls: Quantitative and Qualitative Research is a retrospective of the author’s research that led to receiving the 2013 Distinguished Contributions Award to Science Education through Research. This book includes selected articles that document changes in her research approaches and theoretical frameworks. The articles represent the evolution of her thinking about the issue of girls in science as well as her impact on science education. The author’s work is placed in the context of science education research at the time of publication, research in education and psychology, and the culture of the times. She pulls back the curtain that often makes the messy work of research seem straightforward and linear to reveal why she did the research and the methodological decisions she faced. She describes the serendipitous nature of some of the work as well as her frustrations in trying to understand data, and struggles to insure that she accurately and respectfully presented the voices of girls and their teachers. The book also includes some of the earliest research in engineering education preceding the focus on engineering practices found in the Next Generation Science and Engineering Standards. Understanding Girls provides insights into why girls may or may not decide to participate in science and engineering and what can be done to increase their participation. It provides evidence that we have increased girls’ participation and the challenges that remain to insure that every girl who wants to become a scientist or engineer has the opportunity to do so.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Can the Differences between Male and Female Science Majors Account for the Low Number of Women at the Doctoral Level in Science?

    Pages 1-21

    Baker, Dale Rose

  • The Influence of Role-Specific Self-Concept and Sex-Role Conflict on Career Choices in Science

    Pages 23-49

    Baker, Dale Rose

  • Sex Differences in Classroom Interactions in Secondary Science

    Pages 51-67

    Baker, Dale Rose

  • Sex Differences in Formal Reasoning Ability

    Pages 69-87

    Baker, Dale Rose

  • Letting Girls Speak Out About Science

    Pages 89-125

    Baker, Dale Rose

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding Girls
Book Subtitle
Quantitative and Qualitative Research
Authors
Series Title
Cultural Perspectives in Science Education
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Sense Publishers
Copyright Holder
SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands
eBook ISBN
978-94-6300-497-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-6300-497-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 240
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