Girls and Physics
"Our study provides evidence that it is not lack of ability that causes females to pursue non-STEM careers, but rather the greater likelihood that females with high math ability also have high verbal ability and thus can consider a wider range of occupations than their male peers with high math ability, who are more likely to have moderate verbal ability."
The above trend is discovered by looking further and deeper. In this case, an explanation is provided for the existing gender gap in science and engineering. "The Gender Gap in High School Physics: Considering the Context of Local Communities", published in the Social Science Quarterly journal, looks at the statistics from a community perspective. Going beyond the aggregate, this paper examines the enrollment in physics courses in high schools. The results show that although taken as a whole, more United States high school male students take physics, in terms of individual schools, however, there are schools where females outnumber males in physics classrooms. In fact, the number of schools where there are more girls enrolled in physics is similar to the number of schools where boys outnumber girls:
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"The Gender Gap in High School Physics: Considering the Context of Local Communities"
Additionally, the analyses show that the degree of gender difference in physics course-taking varies in relation to the gendered context of the local community labor force. The male advantage in high school physics is signiﬁcantly smaller or nonexistent in schools situated within communities where more women are employed in STEM professions. This association is net of a host of rigorous controls to capture potentially confounding effects, including women’s representation in professional ﬁelds across all specialties.
A blueprint is a drawing of something you desire to build. In life, children grow up browsing through various blueprints. These are the adults children encounter early in their lives. They are usually called "role models" but these people seem to serve a similar purpose as blueprints do. They are copies of what children may aspire to become when they grow up. Parents are, of course, are the most obvious role models for young children. Outside the home, when children begin their formal schooling, teachers take this role as well. As children grow older, they get introduced to other role models. Indeed, the choices become numerous with increasing exposure to other people. These various role models are in fact options that a child may choose to imitate. Children begin to dream of what they want to become in the future.The statistics upon closer examination does support the above hypothesis. Oftentimes, we look for solutions in education that aim to address challenges in a society. What if the challenges education faces are actually rooted in the problems society faces?