Study: Inclusive Environment Key to Closing STEM Gap
Title: Study: Inclusive Environment Key to Closing STEM Gap
By Gaby Galvin November 23rd 2016
Key Points - Getting young women involved in science and technology can be a daunting concept for both the teacher and the students. Despite how the number of women in the areas of science concerning chemistry, mathematics, and biology has experienced an increase, areas such as engineering and computer sciences have only seen the gender gap get wider. "An overwhelmingly masculine environment is one that conveys a stronger sense of belonging for males and increases the interest, participation and performance of boys to the detriment of girls" (Galvin 2). Due to the environment that has been fostered, less women steer themselves toward these studies and careers. In fact, the article states that the percentage of women in computer sciences has dropped from 37% in 1984 to 18% in 2014. and goes on to emphasize the importance of involving women in middle and high school to narrow the gap.
Relevance - This article is important because it gives educators a little perspective as to how far we haven't really come. When comparing the cultures of different studies like geology and education for example, there are major differences in the demographics. It's important that we don't break down the culture of the studies themselves. After all, it takes a person of a certain mindset to study anything specific and that shouldn't be the target. It is important however, to make different studies more accessible to everyone.