Some Girls Better at Science

Globally, 15-year-old girls outscored boys in 43 of the 65 countries tested.

By Jef Akst | February 5, 2013

WIKIMEDIA, STFXIn Asian, eastern and southern European, and Middle Eastern countries, teenage girls perform better, on average, than teenage boys on a test for science comprehension. But in the United States and a handful of other countries, particularly those in western and northern Europe and the Americas, the reverse was true, The New York Times reported.

The test, administered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and given in 65 developed countries, points to culture differences in the incentives offered for learning math and science, project lead Andreas Schleicher told The Times. In the U.S., he said, boys are more likely than girls to “see science as something that affects their life.”

Christianne Corbett, a senior researcher at the American Association of University Women, agreed, saying, “we see that very early in childhood—around age 4—gender roles in occupations appear to be formed. Women are less likely to go into science careers, although they are clearly capable of succeeding.”

In contrast, Schleicher said, “for girls in some Arab countries”—such as Jordan, where girls outscored boys by an impressive 8 percent—“education is the only way to move up the social structure. It is one way to earn social mobility.”

(Hat tip to GenomeWeb)

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Avatar of: abdulhuckm


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February 10, 2013

Later on they " burn" out when boyys become more serious
Avatar of: hglaser


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February 12, 2013

The infographic shows higher scores at the top and the score difference between the boys and girlsas distance from the center. It looks like a triangle pointing up to the high scores and better educational systems.

Countries with a small difference between girls and boys science scores have high quality educational programs that emphasize educating each student to a high standard. Large differences in test scores are associated with low scores on the test, indicating a poor education system.

Many girls get no schooling;when they do, science is seen as a way to escape a life restricted by law. They go on to do quite well in scientific work.

Countries that dont educate all students in science wont have people who can make informed choices on what to do about problems best described by science, such as climate change.

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