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NO matter how much money and thought the government puts into encouraging students at all educational levels to choose the hard subjects of science and mathematics, it will be tough to overcome the “girl nerd” factor reports The Australian  in  ‘Girl-nerd’ factor stops women taking ‘boy’ jobs.

Joanna Sikora  and  Artur Pokropek explore gender segregation of adolescent science career plans in Gender segregation of adolescent science career plans in 50 countries. The authors ask whether, in different cultures, bridging the male–female gap in science self-concept could reduce gender disparities in students’ career preferences using data from the Program for International Student Assessment 2006 surveys.

Bringing together the theory of gender essentialism and the biased self-concept thesis, the authors interpret the cross-national variation in the relationship between self-concept and occupational plans.

In all countries, science-oriented girls prefer employment in biology, agriculture, or health (BAH), whereas boys favor careers…

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