Gender and high school chemistry: student perceptions on achievement in a selective setting

Cousins, Andrew and Mills, Martin (2014) Gender and high school chemistry: student perceptions on achievement in a selective setting. Cambridge Journal of Education, 45 2: 187-204. doi:10.1080/0305764X.2014.934202


Author Cousins, Andrew
Mills, Martin
Title Gender and high school chemistry: student perceptions on achievement in a selective setting
Journal name Cambridge Journal of Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-3577
0305-764X
Publication date 2014-08-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0305764X.2014.934202
Open Access Status
Volume 45
Issue 2
Start page 187
End page 204
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract This paper reports on research undertaken in a middle-class Australian school. The focus of the research was on the relationship between gender and students' engagement with high school chemistry. Achievement data from many OECD countries suggest that middle-class girls are achieving equally as well as, if not better than, boys in many subjects. This has led to claims that the 'girls and science' agenda is no longer necessary, and indeed may have been detrimental to boys' achievements in science subjects. The data collected from students at this site indicate that at this school this agenda is far from a completed one. These data indicate that whilst girls' achievement levels are comparable with those of the boys, for many students chemistry is still perceived as a masculine subject. Hence, the girls in the chemistry classrooms at this school construct themselves, and are constructed, as outsiders in the subject.
Keyword Gender and achievement
Gender and science education
High school chemistry
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 6 August 2014.

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