Archive for July 19, 2010

New study repeats: Service-Oriented Women avoid STEM

This is a claim we’ve heard before, but this is a larger studies and was just published last week: Women avoid STEM careers because they want to help people.

A team of Miami University researchers led by psychologist Amanda Diekman has come up with a different explanation. In a paper just published in the journal Psychological Science, they argue women perceive STEM careers (those in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as largely incompatible with one of their core goals: Engaging in work that helps others.

“STEM careers may elicit thoughts of the ‘lone scientist,’” the researchers write, conjuring up chilly images of a solitary man staring at his computer. Diekman and her colleagues argue such stereotypes, which imply isolation and a lack of human contact, may discourage some girls from pursuing scientific careers.

via A New View of Why Women Shun Science Careers | Miller-McCune Online.

July 19, 2010 at 10:03 pm 3 comments

A Future Role for the US: Teach the Teachers, Worldwide

Interesting piece from the Computing Community Consortium on the role that STEM researchers in the US could provide the international community.  A major role was to help grow the teaching pool.  There’s a separate section in the report on the growing importance of “deeply digital materials” — the connection between the two pieces here reminds me of our discussion with Dave Patterson here in this blog.

A prevailing sentiment was the urgent need for a “focus on capacity building.” Instead of taking technologies to foreign nations, we need to teach these nations to teach themselves, the envoys reported. Further, they commented that, while STEM education is lacking in the U.S., it is even worse in developing nations. The world currently has an estimated shortage of 10 million teachers, and the science education per capita continues to decrease each year.

via Computing Community Consortium.

July 19, 2010 at 9:41 pm 1 comment


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