Scientix Webinar: Gender stereotypes in STEM education and how to counteract them
Type of event: webinar
Target groups: counsellors, educational authorities, industry, learners, policy makers, researchers, teachers
Topic: science education
Language of event: English
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The webinar takes place in the Scientix online meeting room on Friday 12 May 2017 at 17:00 Central European Time. After registration, you will receive an e-mail with instructions. NB: Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis!
There are more men studying and working in science fields than women. This could be an effect of the prevalence of gender stereotypes (e.g., the idea that science is for men, not for women). Such stereotypes can occur in education, in the use of gender-biased visuals, language, teaching methods, and teachers’ attitudes.
The presenters will describe their research on whether STEM education resources for primary schools contain gender-biased visuals. Their analysis shows that there is a stereotypical representation of men and women in online STEM education resources.
Gender balance in STEM courses at primary schools is essential for showing children that both men and women can do science. This is a first step towards contributing to more gender-balanced science and technology fields.
- Kerkhoven AH, Russo P, Land-Zandstra AM, Saxena A, Rodenburg FJ (2016) Gender Stereotypes in Science Education Resources: A Visual Content Analysis. PLoS ONE 11(11): e0165037.
- The UNAWE project website.
About the presenters:
Anne Kerkhoven and Pedro Russo are researchers in the field of science communication at Leiden University. For general insight and for Universe Awareness (a project of Leiden University) they wanted to understand the present status of STEM education resources, with regard to gender stereotypes. To this end, they carried out a study that examined gender stereotypes in STEM education resources (analysing datasets from the Scientix and OERcommons resource repositories). With the findings of this study in mind, they made a list of recommendations for gender balanced education resources and teaching methods and attitudes.