Guest Speaker: Helen M. G. Watt, PhD
Despite similar achievement, girls have lower self-concepts and values than boys concerning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). They also undertake less advanced mathematical education and show lower representation in STEM-related careers. Prof. Watt draws upon two large-scale datasets – one from Australia and the other from North America - to examine the psychological processes which help explain this resistant and persistent phenomenon. Implications for educators have been highlighted with regard to promoting girls’ lower self-concepts and interests relative to boys.
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