Closing the Gender Gap in Education: Making a Difference in Math and Science Classrooms

UNCP Author/Contributor (non-UNCP co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Dr. Valjeaner B. Ford, Associate Professor / PRAXIS Liaison / Interim Chair (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Abstract: This study presents research that was conducted in the Sandhills Region of North Carolina. In particular, the study involves focus group questionnaires that were distributed to two high schools within the Sandhills Region. The purpose of the study is to establish an understanding of the difference between male students’ and female students’ perceptions of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses and career pathways, as this will provide further evidence to suggest how educational leaders, teachers, and university teacher-education programs can work toward closing the gender gap in education. The literature review and results sections will provide substantive evidence to suggest that progress is being made in the way of closing the gender gap, but this process remains ongoing in the twenty-first century.

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Presented at the 33rd Annual North Carolina Teacher Education Fall Forum, Raleigh, N.C., Sept. 25, 2015.
Language: English
Date: 2015
STEM education, Gender gap, Teacher education programs, High school students, Focus groups

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