Title: Towards Better Education: Women in STEM
Stream: Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary & Transdisciplinary Education
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Nawar Golley, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
It has become widely acknowledged, both in academia and the professional world, that facilitating the involvement of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is greatly urgent as the contributions of women to these fields are beneficial to the whole world; beneficial to women, to the society and to the economy. It is also a fact today that, around the world, women are seen in almost equal numbers -more in some cases- in STEM classroom and lecture halls. However, there is still a huge gender gap in STEM workplaces. Gender-conscious scientific discourses can contribute to fixing the gender gap. Based on fifteen years of experience in research on and teaching of gender and women’s studies, I will discuss that when STEM practitioners and writers about science take the gender gap seriously, they can contribute to fixing it. On the educational level, courses in gender and women’s studies are the venues where such training can begin. Gender and women’s classes highlight the contributions of women to the STEM fields and discuss the metaphor of the "leaky pipeline" which explains why and how women gradually drop out of or are pushed out of the STEM fields. They also discuss methods to close the gender gap. Such knowledge is germane to research in and to writing about STEM.
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