Motivating girls to do science
a-schmi at ux1.cso.uiuc.edu
Fri Mar 22 18:11:15 EST 1996
In article <4ivaeu$4ch at daffy.anetsrvcs.uwrf.edu>, Angela.M.Krause at uwrf.edu
(Angela Krause) wrote:
> Hi! My name is Angela Krause and I am a science education student. My
> major is biology, but I will also be certified to teach chemistry (my
> minor), general science (6-8), and German. I am doing research for a
> paper in one of my eduction classes and I was wondering if anybody could
> give me any information on how to motivate girls to do science. I would
> love to hear from you! Thanks!
I would have to say that the best way would be to do two things.
the first is to frame a problem in a beautiful and motivating
way. I think women are more responsive to beauty than mena re--I am not
speculating on why that might be true--whether there are hard-wiring
differences in the brain or what--but the fact is, i thinkt hey are more
captivated by all things beautiful. So I remember my first science
project that I thought was WONDERFUL was capturing snow flakes in
polyethylene glycol and correlating the shape and crystal changes as
viewed under a microscope with humidity and temperature conditions. It
was SO FUN!!!!!
Secondly, I think if you make the project one that is at the
same time competitive and yet, a team effort, you will get the girls
totally involved in it. For example, competing against other schools as a
team science project. Women work really well together on team efforts. I
see that now--men are bad at that; this I am almost certain is a
conditioning thing. Mainly because I have seen enough of an overlap
between the genders to know this varies tremendously.
I'd love to hear what else people alert you to.
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