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#SPW13 - Skills stereotypes in STEM edcation - workshop

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The 13th Science Projects Workshop in the Future Classroom Lab, organised by Scientix, in collaboration with the STEM Alliance and OPENSKIMR took place in Brussels in October 2016, from Friday 14 (starting time: 19:30) to Sunday 16 (end ~14h).

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#SPW13 - Skills stereotypes in STEM edcation - workshop

  1. 1. Scientix has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme – project Scientix 3 (Grant agreement N. 730009), coordinated by European Schoolnet (EUN). The content of the presentation is the sole responsibility of the presenter and it does not represent the opinion of the European Commission (EC), and the EC is not responsible for any use that might be made of information contained Scientix – [Skills] Stereotypes Noëlle Billon Scientix Junior Project Officer 16/10/2016
  2. 2. Skills stereotypes|Noëlle Billon 16/12/2016|Brussels 13thSPW@FCL 2 Let’s analize the field of study chosen by males and by females… http://www.uis.unesco.org/_LAYOUTS/UN ESCO/women-in- science/index.html#overview!lang=en https://www.oecd.org/educa tion/skills-beyond- school/EDIF%202014-- No19.pdf
  3. 3. Skills stereotypes|Noëlle Billon 16/12/2016|Brussels 13thSPW@FCL 3 Quick, draw a scientist! http://www.edutopia.org/blog/quick-draw-a-scientist-ainissa-ramirez
  4. 4. Skills stereotypes|Noëlle Billon 16/12/2016|Brussels 13thSPW@FCL 4 “(…)Various factors like gender stereotypes and institutional cultures impact upon educational outcomes. Consequently, a more equitable distribution of educational resources, gender sensitive institutional cultures and practices, and challenging social norms and expectations of men and women are needed” Katie McCracken, Sergio Márquez and Agata Chełstowska, Committee on Women’s rights and gender equality, Policy Departmen C: Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs European Parliament
  5. 5. Skills stereotypes|Noëlle Billon 16/12/2016|Brussels 13thSPW@FCL 5 Activity 2: Provocative statements about boys and girls Girls do not have technical skills Boys are natural leaders Girls are emotional so they are not suited to science Computer studies are for boys Girls do not have technical skills A boy can’t be a nurse Girls are smarter Boys like cars, girls like art
  6. 6. Skills stereotypes|Noëlle Billon 16/12/2016|Brussels 13thSPW@FCL 6 Tips to bust stereotypes in the classroom  When writing a text, make sure that is relevant to both sexes and ensure that both sexes are represented in the text.  In class, address both girls and boys. Give them equal turns.  Nod encouragement to both genders  Provide students with prescriptive, informational feedback on their performance to enhances their beliefs in their abilities.  Clarity in Grading Policies.  Personally address inequities that take place toward students, for example, experiencing sexist or stereotypical comments  Analyse learning content and resources on gender awareness.  Search for topics that appeal to both boys and girls.  Vary the working methods.  Ensure that when students work in groups, both girls and boys have leadership and administrative tasks. Re-evaluate Group Work Practices, if necessary.  Give equal attention to the undesirable behaviour of both boys and girls.  Demonstrate and Encourage Resilience  Provide diverse historical and contemporary female role models (and their work) in STEM. http://web.stanford.edu/group/design_education/wikiupload/4/46/ASEE_2013_Scutt.pdf http://www.unr.edu/girls-math-camp/resources/educators/tips
  7. 7. Skills stereotypes|Noëlle Billon 16/12/2016|Brussels 13thSPW@FCL 7 Activity 3:Extra activities to promote gender equity: Any Idea? Give examples of: (1) Extra curricular STEM activities. Think of an engineering activity to promote among girls and a nursery activity to promote among boys. How would you do it? (2) Choose a guest speaker to invite to a school activity. Give reasons why you chose that person. (3) How would you create a poster that promotes a STEM career paths fair? Think about the target: What images would you include? What punch-lines?
  8. 8. Skills stereotypes|Noëlle Billon 16/12/2016|Brussels 13thSPW@FCL 8 Activity 4: Writing a letter to your future self This is an individual and private activity. You should be honest to yourself about your own “gender habitus”. Check out the video: Childhood Gender Roles In Adult Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=381belOZreA
  9. 9. Skills stereotypes|Noëlle Billon 16/12/2016|Brussels 13thSPW@FCL 9 http://scientix.eu

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