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Talking About Science Interest: Appraisals of Positive Responsiveness Impact Women’s Science Interest Development

• Authors: Christina Curti, Jeanette Zambrano, Garam Lee, Matthew Jackson, & Dustin Thoman

 

• Abstract:
Talking about one’s interest provides an important medium through which students can validate their emerging interests via appraisals of others’ reactions to their interest disclosure. Because maintaining interest is key to persistence is science majors, we examine gender differences in the effects of close others’ reactions to interest as a means of learning how to better support women’s science interest development. From a longitudinal survey study of undergraduate science majors (N = 549), we found that appraisals that close others are encouraging and understanding when talking about one’s interest in science (positive responsiveness appraisals) predicted interest in a future in science for women, but not men, controlling for baseline and the frequency of talking about one’s interest in science.

 

• Location & Time:
American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2017 Annual Meeting | San Antonio, TX
Thur, April 27, 12:00 to 1:30pm
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Ballroom Level, Hemisfair Ballroom

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