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ABSTRACT: The underrepresentation and attrition of women students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is a widely acknowledged, complex problem for which solutions will be multi-faceted. However, while a large body of research examines factors that influence girls and women's experiences in these fields, many STEM educators at the K-12 level may be unfamiliar with the most recent research on gender's relation to STEM classes. This paper aims to bridge research to practice by identifying strategies for educators as they work to capture students' interest in STEM and retain students who are already interested. Seven key practices for creating gender-inclusive STEM classrooms were identified through a comprehensive literature review of social science research in gender and education. This research indicates, moreover, that the benefits of most practices can be broadened to all STEM students. ASEE Conference: June 2013188_ASEE_2013_Scutt.pdf
Expert advice from astrophysicist and all-around smartypants, Neil deGrasse Tyson: If you want your kid to love science (and grow up just like Neil?!), let them be kids, he says. Playing in puddles, taking things apart, and asking endless questions today can cultivate the best scientific minds of tomorrow.View External Website
Science in the Moment (SciMo) is a 3 year research study funded by the National Science Foundation at Northern Illinois University. The purpose of SciMo is to provide a descriptive account of what a variety of high school science contexts feel like from the perspective of female and male students. The overarching theoretical and conceptual perspectives for the study include: (1) Self Determination Theory focuses on the importance of students' cognitions in learning around issues concerning autonomy and competence. (2) Emergent Motivation Theory is branch of the field of positive psychology, focused on the important role of affect in learning. (3) Women's ways of knowing suggests that females and males may approach academic learning, including learning science, differently because of identified differences in how girls and boys are socialized to assume socially-sanctioned gender roles, and societal expectations for males and females academic performance. View External Website
Research2Practice is a free web resource containing summaries of recent peer-reviewed science education research. Since launching in June, the site has added dozens of new briefs as well as synthesis papers on identity and learning as well as on science education and cultural diversity. You can log on for free, browse, search, and save briefs that are relevant to your work. The research represents a broad spectrum of studies in both formal and informal settings. The site is funded by the National Science Foundation, and developed by researchers at the Exploratorium, King's College London, and the University of Washington. View External Website
AAUW (formerly known as the American Association of University Women)View External Website
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