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A study by Baram-Tsabari, Sethi, Bry and Yarden (2006) suggests that identifying science interests using children's self generated questions as an indication may be helpful in the reforming of science curricula. In their study, they analyzed 1555 science related questions submitted by children to an Ask-A-Scientist Internet site. 

They also found differences between boys and girls in the types of scientific interests expressed as well as differences in the popularity of science topics across age groups.

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TITLE:

Using Questions Sent to an Ask-A-Scientist Site to Identify Children's Interests in Science

AUTHORS:
Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, Ricky J. Sethi, Lynn Bry and Anat Yarden

PUBLISHING INFORMATION:
DOI 10.1002/sce20163
Published online July 20, 2006 in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com)

 

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