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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
SJR: 0.468 SNIP: 0.671 CiteScore™: 1.65

ISSN Druckformat: 1072-8325
ISSN Online: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v7.i1.60
16 pages

ATTITUDE TOWARD INFORMAL SCIENCE AND MATH: A SURVEY OF BOYS AND GIRLS PARTICIPATING IN HANDS-ON SCIENCE AND MATH (FUNTIVITIES)

Yalem Teshome
Women's Studies and African American Studies Programs, 341 Carrie Chapman Catt Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011
Nancy Maushak
Texas Tech University, College of Education
Krishna Athreya
Women’s Programs in Engineering, Cornell University

ABSTRAKT

This article presents results from two studies conducted as part of the evaluation activities of the FUNTIVITIES project, a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project to increase girls' and women's interest and comfort level in science and math. The first study was conducted to develop instruments and to assess the impact of informal activities on attitudes toward hands-on science, math, and gender-related issues. The second study was conducted to establish baseline data—the first step in a longitudinal study that will follow participants through high school and college. Our findings show minor differences between girls and boys in their responses to the constructs relating to participation, importance, and future need to know math and science. Girls showed a slightly higher mean, implying greater recognition that achievement in science and math is not related to gender. Females also rated the overall importance of science and math higher than males. Some of our results are inconsistent with earlier literature obtained in a study setting different from ours, which was informal, with hands-on science training and gender-equity training of trainers/teachers.