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Reducing the gender achievement gap in college science

A simple “values affirmation” writing exercise can make a dramatic difference in the exam scores of female physics students, according to Geoffrey Cohen in a new study published in Science.

Prof. Geoffrey Cohen
Prof. Geoffrey Cohen

Women are underrepresented and on average perform more poorly than men in introductory physics. But a recent study by Prof. Geoffrey Cohen and researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder finds that a simple “values affirmation” writing exercise can dramatically lessen the gender gap in physics scores.

Learn more about the study. To read the full text of the study, visit Science.

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