Addressing gender equity pipeline issues with a workshop for high school mathematics and science teachers

Stephen Krause, Veronica Burrows, Judy Sutor, Marilyn Carlson

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Abstract

A gender gap in science, a foundational subject area for engineering, begins to emerge in middle and early high school. This gap can negatively impact females' education and career decisions about science and engineering due to environmental and affective factors in the classroom. In order to identify, strategize, and address these gender equity issues, a workshop was held for high school math and science teachers in an NSF Math Science Partnership project. Interactive, team-based discussions and reports were made after short presentations on gender issues of environmental factors of stereotypes and "chilly learning climates" and affective factors of self-efficacy and societal relevance of engineering. Teachers' recorded their reflections based on the factors of awareness, personal experience, literature findings, underlying causes, and possible ameliorative strategies and actions. The qualitative data was analyzed using Bandura's social learning theory of self efficacy to interpret the significance of the observations. Based on the workshop information and discussions, and their own experience, the teachers developed strategies and actions that they could apply in their own classrooms. There was a strong response to the importance of female role models and for tinkering activities for females as young as possible both inside and outside of the classroom.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication37th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
PagesF3A9-F3A14
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Event37th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE - Milwaukee, WI, United States
Duration: Oct 10 2007Oct 13 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Other

Other37th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
CountryUnited States
CityMilwaukee, WI
Period10/10/0710/13/07

Keywords

  • Engineering design process
  • Gender equity
  • Self-efficacy
  • Social learning theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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