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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
written by Zahra Hazari, Geoff Potvin, Robynne M. Lock, Florin D. Lung, Gerhard Sonnert, and Philip M. Sadler
There are many hypotheses regarding factors that may encourage female students to pursue careers in the physical sciences. Using multivariate matching methods on national data drawn from the Persistence Research in Science and Engineering (PRiSE) project (n=7505), we test the following five commonly held beliefs regarding what factors might impact females' physical science career interest: (i) having a single-sex physics class, (ii) having a female physics teacher, (iii) having female scientist guest speakers in physics class, (iv) discussing the work of female scientists in physics class, and (v) discussing the underrepresentation of women in physics class. The effect of these experiences on physical science career interest is compared for female students who are matched on several factors, including prior science interests, prior mathematics interests, grades in science, grades in mathematics, and years of enrollment in high school physics. No significant effects are found for single-sex classes, female teachers, female scientist guest speakers, and discussing the work of female scientists. However, discussions about women's underrepresentation have a significant positive effect.
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Education - Applied Research
- Careers
Education - Basic Research
- Sample Population
= Gender
- Societal Issues
= Gender Issues
- Graduate/Professional
- Reference Material
= Research study
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DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.9.020115
NSF Numbers:
0624444
0952460
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.ek
01.40.G
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Metadata instance created December 18, 2013 by Lyle Barbato
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April 16, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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Z. Hazari, G. Potvin, R. Lock, F. Lung, G. Sonnert, and P. Sadler, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 9 (2), 020115 (2013), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.9.020115).
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Z. Hazari, G. Potvin, R. Lock, F. Lung, G. Sonnert, and P. Sadler, Factors that affect the physical science career interest of female students: Testing five common hypotheses, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 9 (2), 020115 (2013), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.9.020115>.
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Hazari, Z., Potvin, G., Lock, R., Lung, F., Sonnert, G., & Sadler, P. (2013, October 22). Factors that affect the physical science career interest of female students: Testing five common hypotheses. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 9(2), 020115. Retrieved October 21, 2019, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.9.020115
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Hazari, Z, G. Potvin, R. Lock, F. Lung, G. Sonnert, and P. Sadler. "Factors that affect the physical science career interest of female students: Testing five common hypotheses." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 9, no. 2, (October 22, 2013): 020115, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.9.020115 (accessed 21 October 2019).
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Hazari, Zahra, Geoff Potvin, Robynne Lock, Florin Lung, Gerhard Sonnert, and Philip Sadler. "Factors that affect the physical science career interest of female students: Testing five common hypotheses." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 9.2 (2013): 020115. 21 Oct. 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.9.020115>.
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