The Girls RISEnet resource catalog is a dynamic listing of crowd-sourced research and resources on engaging girls in engineering. Registered members of girlsrisenet.org can contribute resources through the "My Account" link above. If you are not a member of the site, please contact us to submit or suggest an addition.
The WEEA Equity Resource Center's online course Engaging Middle School Girls in Math and Science is in its fourth offering as this guide is being field-tested, and has received enthusiastic responses from the teachers and others who have taken it. Though the intended audience for this course is middle school math and science teachers, the need for an easily accessible, high quality training course in gender equitable classroom strategies has become clear from the range of people who have registered and taken the course (curriculum developers, teacher trainers, after school program coordinators). This guide is part of our ongoing efforts to assist and support teachers both in exploring educational equity issues and in translating this learning into realistic, doable strategies and activities that work for them.179_Promote_Equaility_in_Science.pdf
The first New Formulas covered about 220 grants from 1993 through 2001. New Formulas 2 updates the first volume by describing the roughly 100 grants made from 2002 through 2005. There are fewer educational demonstration projects but more social science research studies, dissemination activities, and projects that will provide technical assistance for the implementation of best practices. The publication led to: • New collaborations among education researchers, • New and greater investments in educational programs for female students, • Better understanding of gender differences in career interests and in how students engage in science and mathematics • Awareness of and better access to widely scattered resources and information • Deeper comprehension of the educational impacts of NSF’s investments • Faster and easier press access to findings and leading experts in a field of study that crosses many disciplines In short, the book informed public discourse about the state of gender diversity in science and engineering, the critical role of education in preparing the workforce, and the constraints on national competitiveness that can result from failing to address diversity issues.View External Website151_NSF_New_Frm_Amer_Wkfc_2_Girls_in_Science_and_Engineering.pdf
The underrepresentation of girls from nondominant backgrounds in the sciences and engineering continues despite recent gains in achievement. This longitudinal ethnographic study traces the identity work that girls from nondominant backgrounds do as they engage in science-related activities across school, club, and home during the middle school years. Building a conceptual argument for identity trajectories, the authors discuss the ongoing, cumulative, and contentious nature of identity work and the mechanisms that foster critical shifts in trajectories. The authors argue that the girls view possible future selves in science when their identity work is recognized, supported, and leveraged toward expanded opportunities for engagement in science. This process yields layered meanings of (possible) selves and of science and reconfigures meaningful participation in science. (February 2013)View External Website
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