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Girls 'Disengage' From High-school Science

November 17, 2009

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High-school girls are bored, disengaged and stressed in science classes when compared to boys, Northern Illinois University researchers say. And teachers might not be doing enough to change the situation. Funded by a three-year, $476,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, Jennifer Schmidt and M. Cecil Smith expect their research eventually will help high-school science teachers design and deliver lesson plans that best engage and electrify girls as well as boys.Full Story

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