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Reducing the Gender Achievement Gap in College Science: Value Affirmation

June 28, 2013 CTSE 7510

Nicole Engleman

on 28 June 2013

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Transcript of Reducing the Gender Achievement Gap in College Science: Value Affirmation

Reducing the Gender Achievement Gap in College Science: A Classroom Study of Values Affirmation
*Women earn lower exam grades and lower scores on standardized tests of conceptual mastery.
The PhD Numbers, 2006:
*28% in Physical Science
*25% in Mathematics
*25% in Computer Science
*20% in Engineering

Values Affirmation Study
*randomized double-blind
*399 students
-283 men
-116 women
*What was observed:
Class average (3 midterms 1 final)
FMCE (Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation
*Affirmation group:
Values and why they were important to them.
*Control group:
Least important values and why they would be valued by others.
The Gender Gap Overall
Women are taking over.
*Class average:
Men outperformed women in both groups, but less so in the affirmation group
Control group= men outperformed women substantially
Affirmation group= women outperformed men.
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