Middle school classroom predictors of science persistence

International Center for the Advancement of Scientific Literacy, Chicago Academy of Science, Chicago, Illinois 60614
Journal of Research in Science Teaching (Impact Factor: 2.64). 08/2006; 31(7):721 - 734. DOI: 10.1002/tea.3660310705

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