Girls’ science identity development in and out of school

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Resource Type:
Research Products | Research Brief
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Afterschool Programs, Informal/Formal Connections, K-12 Programs
Middle School Children (11-13) | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals
Education and learning science | General STEM
Access and Inclusion: 
Women and Girls
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This article examines middle school girls’ participation in school-day science classes and out-of-school time science clubs to understand the girls’ identification with and relationship to science. Looking at the girls’ science experiences across settings, researchers compared how the identities developed from these experiences supported or worked against the girls’ future trajectories in STEM.


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