Research on Gender Equity in STEM Education

Authored by: Gayle A. Buck , Dionne Cross Francis , Kerrie G. Wilkins-Yel

Handbook of Research on STEM Education

Print publication date:  May  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367075606
eBook ISBN: 9780429021381
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Women continue to constitute disproportionately smaller percentages in most STEM professions, necessitating continued research. Although the gender-related STEM discussions are still overwhelmingly focused on this body of research, it is expanding in light of realized differences among STEM fields and contemporary discussions of gender. This chapter provides an overview of contemporary research on gender equity and STEM education. This was accomplished by reviewing the inherent definitions of gender, the reasons for gender-based discrepancies in various college and career STEM pathways, and strategies aimed at addressing these discrepancies. The chapter ends with a review of inherent challenges and future research directions.

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