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I just took the Gender-Science IAT. The background questions about oneself have a strong US-centric bias, and 1) they ask you whether you think that a factor is important or now, rathen than whether you think the factor is true or not; 2) they ask you to predict what fraciton of males/females at a typical US educational institution will do this or that thing - again, is it a question about facts, or about attitudes.

The particular topic of women in science irks me, because when I was a student at university in Madrid there were some scientific degrees dominated by women (Chemistry, Biology) and no noticeable discrimination in Geology, Math or Physics, while the number of women studying engineering was higher than you would expect from the conventional wisdom (or direct experience) in English-Speaking countries. To me, as long as I was in Spain, this was a non-issue.

I have to say I am not particularly impressed and don't feel like taking the other tests. For instance, I expect to be asked questions about the interactions between race and socioeconomic characteristics in the US, without distinction of whether I am being asked about facts or opinion, or about correlation or causation.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Feb 11th, 2007 at 10:05:09 AM EST
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