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Science, mathematics, and student values

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The reasons why students are discouraged from studying science and mathematics are examined. It is argued that we have somehow nurtured the idea that there is a science elite, small in number, highly intelligent, hard working, and not all that much fun to be around. The roots of this perception are identified, and proposals are made for altering the situation. A major factor is believed to be the nature of achievement tests, which put a premium on quick recall and giving up if the answer is not immediately known, as opposed to curiosity and perseverance.<>

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Communications Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:28 ,  Issue: 12 )