This action research study investigated the effects of gender on same and mixed gender elementary school science groups. Qualitative data for this study was collected using surveys, student focus groups, student journals, and teacher-researcher field notes and observations. Students in this study were eager to participate in science groups and demonstrated a positive attitude toward the study of science. Results also showed the types of interactions between boys and girls varied and those interactions affected their science attitude and participation. Recommendations were made for continued research to examine the long-term effects of gender groupings in the elementary science classroom.
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Master of Education (M.Ed.)
College of Education
Educational Research, Technology, and Leadership
K-8 Mathematics and Science Education
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Parks, Melissa, "The Effects Of Gender In Elementary Science Groups" (2006). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 908.