Science: practising it, understanding it, communicating it

My next blog post will return to the main purpose of this site, I promise! But today I amused myself by processing all the articles I'd gathered under the broad label of "science communication". At some point, this may form part of a small section of the site on scientific literacy. In the meantime, some of you may find my collection of links interesting. Feel free to add any other relevant links in the comments! [Do note that this collection are just articles that washed up on my shores, that I thought interesting enough to dump in a file.



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Gender gap persists at highest levels of math and science testing

July, 2010

SAT and ACT results demonstrate a dramatic drop in gender ratio on math and science tests from 1981 to 1995, but little change since then.

Analysis of 30 years of SAT and ACT tests administered to the top 5% of U.S. 7th graders has found that the ratio of 7th graders scoring 700 or above on the SAT-math has dropped from about 13 boys to 1 girl to about 4 boys to 1 girl. The ratio dropped dramatically between 1981 and 1995, and has remained relatively stable since then. The top scores on scientific reasoning, a relatively new section of the ACT that was not included in the original study, show a similar ratio of boys to girls.




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