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Gender differences in perceptions of chemistry laboratory environments in Singapore
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Wong, A. F. L., & Fraser, B. J.(1996, November). Gender differences in perceptions of chemistry laboratory environments in Singapore. Paper presented at the ERA-AARE Joint Conference, Singapore.
It is important to take into account gender differences within a
classroom setting. This is to ensure that the needs of both the boys
and the girls are catered for. In this study, the differences in boys'
and girls' perceptions of their chemistry laboratory classroom
environment are examined using the Science Laboratory Environment
Inventory (SLEI). The sample comprised 649 boys and 801 girls in 50
upper secondary coeducational science classes from 28 schools in
Singapore. The students responded to the actual and preferred versions
of the SLEI, and their responses were compared. The findings showed
that the girls perceived the learning environment of their chemistry
laboratory classes more favourably than the boys. These differences in
perceptions are presented and some implications for chemistry
laboratory classrooms discussed.
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