Wilkes, John M.
An 8th grade replication study of a citywide 11th grade aspirations survey was done in two Worcester Public middle schools. The gender comparison revealed an 8th grade moment of gender equity in interest in science. Science was the favorite subject of equal numbers of boys and girls and the most popular academic subject overall. Math was somewhat more likely to be a male favorite. In the 11th grade data there is a gender bias in interest in engineering and medicine. Science is also much less popular. The level of awareness of the small schools programs in the Worcester Public High Schools was low. Only 20% of the 8th graders had heard of the "academy" programs, so they could hardly know which one was in which high school and apply accordingly.
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