This semester I have learned a lot about the gender gap in STEM and why it exists and have also developed the groundwork to start outreach programming next semester. The main takeaways from my research pertain to why girls leave STEM and the most effective ways to bring more girls into STEM. Some of the […]
Neuroscience and Effective Pedagogy
This week I read a secondary source article from a book about early childhood development and neuroscience. The article that I read was about brain-based education, which is a teaching style based on the idea that children learn in different ways and there are different teaching methods which fit each child. The article argues that […]
What Affects Children’s Motivation Toward Science?
This week I was looking at effective pedagogy again with an emphasis on psychology. When looking for articles, I began to realize that a lot of what I have already researched with activity theory and belief competency is already a form of psychology and the articles I was finding were pretty similar. The one I […]
Why do people not want to do STEM?
This question is very similar to the question I asked the first week: why do girls leave STEM? As I skimmed through different articles I felt that the answers were not very different for girls leaving STEM versus anyone else leaving STEM. Disinterest in STEM seems to come from the belief that sciences are difficult […]
Effective Pedagogy for Girls Who Identify with Multiple Minority Groups
This week I read an article that described a study of an afterschool STEM program for middle school African American students. The study took place at a school in which 98% of the students are African and 90% of the students receive free or reduced price lunch. Many of the students stay for an afterschool […]
Growth Mindset in STEM Learning
Origninally I was going to use this week to research whether or not the standards for science teaching place any emphasis on teaching about women in STEM, but when I was doing my NGSS research a few weeks ago it was evident that there is not any mention of this type of inclusion within the […]