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Boys, Girls, and the Pursuit of Science

12 Aug 2017, 13:00 UTC
Boys, Girls, and the Pursuit of Science
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This guest post was written by Tracyanne Roberts, the Education and Public Outreach (EPO) Coordinator for CalTech/IPAC. Tracy is the lead on a NASA Universe of Learning project called STEMdex, a project to streamline access for the astronomy EPO community and improve knowledge of published STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education research literature.
Title 1: Gender stereotypes about intellectual ability emerge early and influence children’s interests
Authors: Lin Bian, Sarah-Jane Leslie, Andrei Cimpian
First Author’s Institution: University of Illinois, New York University
Status: Published in Science, January 2017
Title 2: Attitudes Towards Science: An Update
Authors: Jonathan Osborne, Shirley Simon, Russell Tytler
First Author’s Institution: Stanford University
Status: Presented at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, April 2017

IntroductionHow smart are you? Did you get where you are today by sheer brilliance, or due to copious hard work? When did you become a science geek? And hey — are you a nice person? Perhaps not a surprise — but your answer to these questions likely depends upon your gender. Even more distressing, it is likely you formed views of your intelligence before you finished kindergarten! And furthermore, whether or not you became a scientist was likely set ...

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