A study of more than 12,000 high school students calls for increasing the emphasis on hands-on instruction and lab work -- critically important for all science students, particularly girls.


Burkam, David, Valerie Lee, Becky Smerdon, "Gender and Science Learning Early in High School: Subject Matter and Laboratory Experiences," American Educational Research Journal, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Summer, 1997), 297-331. Copyright 1997 by the American Educational Research Association. Reproduced with permission of the publisher.