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.
Not Lack of Ability but More Choice: Individual and Gender Differences in Choice of Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Abstract The pattern of gender differences in math and verbal ability may result in females having a wider choice of careers, in both science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and non-STEM fields, compared with males. The current study tested whether individuals with high math and high verbal ability in 12th grade were more or less likely to choose STEM occupations than those with high math and moderate verbal ability. The 1,490 subjects participated in two waves of a national longitudinal study; one wave was when the subjects were in 12th grade, and the other was when they were 33 years old. Results revealed that mathematically capable individuals who also had high verbal skills were less likely to pursue STEM careers than were individuals who had high math skills but moderate verbal skills. One notable finding was that the group with high math and high verbal ability included more females than males. March 2013154_MT_Wang.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
Women of color have made steady inroads into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines. To address this under-representation, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) worked with an advisory committee of experts to hold a convening exploring promising program and policy changes for increasing the representation of women of color in STEM faculty positions. This webpage contains resources and background information relevant to the convening that may be helpful to invited participants and speakers.View External Website
Abstract This article identifies instructional strategies, curricula, and organizational structures in the research literature that have been successful in encouraging girls' participation and achievement in science: science instruction in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, relevant curricula that address girls' interests and provide opportunities for genuine inquiry and tinkering experiences, greater emphasis on physical science and the use of computers, integration of reading and writing in science, attention to how groups are formed in classrooms, activities that build self-efficacy, appropriate role models, messages that science is for everyone, and student-centered teaching. Special attention is given to the needs of children in preschool and kindergarten. In addition, research on the impact of single-sex classrooms and grouping is reviewed, along with the use of children's fictional literature to teach science. Implications derived from research literature include changes in what is taught, how it is taught, how teachers are prepared, and how these changes are paid for. (Published January 2013)View External Website
The National Academy of Engineering has created How Engineers Can Make a World of Difference: Sustainability, interviewing female bioengineer Dr. Frances Arnold from Caltech on some of the grand challenges facing engineers today.View External Website
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