Education

Mind the (gender) gap...it's still here

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Science  10 Oct 2014:
Vol. 346, Issue 6206, pp. 205-206
DOI: 10.1126/science.346.6206.205-c

Unlike in mathematics, engineering, and other areas of science, the number of undergraduate female biology majors exceeds that of male biology majors. To determine whether gender disparities still exist, however, Eddy et al. looked at whole-class discussion participation and academic achievement in 23 introductory undergraduate biology classes at a large university. Despite being the numerical majority at 60%, females responded to instructorposed questions less than 40% of the time. Moreover, females scored lower on exams than their male counterparts with a similar grade point average. These results show that closing the gender gap in science education may require more than just recruitment alone.

CBE Life Sci. Educ. 13, 478 (2014).

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