Tuesday, November 9, 2010

University web site addresses gender gap in “STEM” fields

Liz Exo’s Blog Post:

One of the ongoing issues in education is the gender gap. This article specifically targets the gap that is present in the science, technology, education, and math (S.T.E.M.) fields. This means that each of these fields are dominated by a specific gender, which sometimes makes it intimidating for the minority gender to want to study in that field.

This article discusses Arizona State University’s new web resource available to help close the gender gaps. The website will have “HerStory” video clips of women that have started up careers in these fields that are dominated mostly by males. These videos will depict women of specific professions, as opposed to women studying in the general field of math or science, for example. ASU believes that by giving examples of real women in specific jobs will help boost the morale of other women hoping to get into on e of these “STEM” fields.

I really think this is a great use of technology. It gives women a way to gain confidence that they can choose whichever field they want to study. I also think this article brings up another point; would this idea of “HerStory” videos be suitable for younger students as well? I almost feel that college may be a little too late to be providing the inspiration, so maybe ASU should look into using their idea for high school aged students.

1 comment:

eschmidt said...

The "HerStory" video clips seem like a really innovative and productive way to use technology as an inspiration to students. I agree with Liz in the respect that using the videos towards college students may not be as productive as it would with middle or high school students. These students are still very impressionable and are just starting to think about careers. A video like "HerStory" could completely change their views on school and motivate them to pursue classes directed at fields such as math and science. Videos like this could easily boost the confidence of many girls by showing them that women can be successful in any field.