Gender-segregated science classrooms.
wheless at sunchem.chem.uga.edu
Wed May 24 15:53:54 EST 1995
>Did you find that boys were favored over girls in your science and math
>classes? Why did you decide to pursue a career in biology if (as this
>school of ours seems to assume) girls are systematically discouraged from
I found that the discouragement came from other students, rather than
from the teachers. For example, whenever I was paired with a
semi-intelligent male student, he would inevitably assume that I didn't
know how "complicated equipment" worked, and he would do the experiment
while I took notes. Short of making a big fuss and calling in the
teacher, there wasn't much I could do, except try to find a stupid lab
partner who would let me do all the work. By high school, most of the
male students had grown out of this attitude, but by that time most of
the female students had lost interest in science. How did I end up in
chemistry? By being encouraged by teachers, and especially by a summer
program that allowed middle school students to study college-level
science (a coed group, by the way).
Karen Wheless "Art is I, science is we."
wheless at sunchem.chem.uga.edu Claude Bernard
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