Pisa: Gender and science career expectations among teens

March 3, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

PISA in Focus,  (#69, February 2017), is titled What kind of careers in science do 15-year-old boys and girls expect for themselves? DOI:10.1787/76e7442c-en.

From page 5, the Bottom Line:

“Influenced by their family and by popular culture, girls often think of scientists as men in lab coats, see computer science as a “masculine” field, and think that success in science is due to brilliance – which they often find difficult to attribute to themselves – rather than to hard work. Such stereotypes may have some truth to them, but they often discourage young women who are capable and interested in science from envisaging a number of careers in science, technology or engineering.

Schools can counter these stereotypes, and help students cultivate a more inclusive view of science, through better career information. Students should have access to information that is accurate, credible and avoids unrealistic or exaggerated portrayals of career options. Employers and educators in perceived “masculine” or “feminine” fields can also help eliminate existing stereotypes, such as by promoting awareness that computer sciences (“masculine” and “nerdy”) help solve health problems (“feminine” and “caring”), or by reaching out and establishing direct contact with students and schools. And teachers can play an important role in cultivating boys’ and girls’ interests in a diverse range of science topics.”

Read the blog, Doctors and nurses are from Venus, scientists and engineers are from Mars (for now)  here .

Check it out! Rowan



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