Gender Equity in Science Education
Master of Science
Madeliene Peters, EdD
The dearth of females in high-level science courses and professions is a well-documented phenomenon in modem society. Inequality in science instruction is a crucial component to the under representation of females in science. This paper provides a review of current literature published concerning gender inequality in K-12 science instruction. The existing literature suggests that the competitive nature of traditional science classrooms and the view of science as a male field of study inhibit female scientific performance.
In an effort to provide educators with guidance in creating a gender equitable science classroom, this paper documents methods, such as creating a collaborative learning environment and increasing inquiry-based opportunities, which effectively counteract the disempowerment of females in science. Identifying aspects that disempower and empower females in K-12 science classrooms should provide a context for creating improvement in the gender equity of science instruction.
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