Sex Differences in School Science Performance from Middle Childhood to Early Adolescence

Claire M A Haworth, Philip S Dale, Robert Plomin

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Abstract

We investigated whether the sexes differ in science performance before they make important course and career selections. We collected teacher-report data from a sample of children from the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) assessed at ages 9, 10 and 12 years (N>2500 pairs). In addition we developed a test of scientific enquiry and administered it to a sub-sample of TEDS (n=1135; age=14 years). We found no evidence for mean sex differences in science performance assessed by teachers, or by a test of scientific enquiry, although boys were somewhat more variable. At a time when adolescents are making important course choices, girls are performing just as well as boys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-101
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research
Volume49
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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