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Promoting girls' interest and achievement in physics classes for beginners

Learning and Instruction Volume 12, Number 4 ISSN 0959-4752 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Particularly in the so called “hard” science subjects the supposedly equal treatment offered by coeducation in schools proves to be, on closer inspection, an extremely subtle form of unequal treatment. The syllabus and the modes of behavior of both male and female teachers are mainly influenced by the interests, knowledge and abilities of the boys.Based on empirical findings an intervention project aimed at giving girls a better chance in science was carried out focusing on the initial courses of physics in secondary level I (grade 7). Three aspects of innovation were involved: (1) development of new teaching units and materials based on empirical results on the specific interests and experiences of girls; (2) development of strategies to check ones' own (teacher's) classroom behavior; and, (3) alternating single sex with coeducational teaching vs. coeducational teaching only. The effects of the intervention measures are evaluated in a longitudinal design. Gender specific differences in interest and achievement in physics will be discussed depending on personality characteristics and classroom characteristics as well as the developed curriculum and its motivational impact.


Hoffmann, L. Promoting girls' interest and achievement in physics classes for beginners. Learning and Instruction, 12(4), 447-465. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved August 10, 2022 from .

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