Gender compatibility, math-gender stereotypes, and self-concepts in math and physics

Ravinder Koul, Thanita Lerdpornkulrat, Chanut Poondej

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Abstract

Positive self-assessment of ability in the quantitative domains is considered critical for student participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics field studies. The present study investigated associations of gender compatibility (gender typicality and contentedness) and math-gender stereotypes with self-concepts in math and physics. Statistical analysis of survey data was based on a sample of 170 male and female high school science students matched on propensity scores based on age and past GPA scores in math. Results of MANCOVA analyses indicated that the combination of high personal gender compatibility with low endorsement of math-gender stereotypes was associated with low gender differentials in math and physics self-concepts whereas the combination of high personal gender compatibility with high endorsement of math-gender stereotypes was associated with high gender differentials in math and physics self-concepts. These results contribute to the recent theoretical and empirical work on antecedents to the math and physics identities critical to achieving gender equity in STEM fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number020115
JournalPhysical Review Physics Education Research
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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