To what extent do Educators value and facilitate the empowerment of young girls in STEM subjects?

Bowley, Jessica (2017) To what extent do Educators value and facilitate the empowerment of young girls in STEM subjects? Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

This independent research project set out to understand the extent of which educators value and facilitate the empowerment of young girls in STEM subjects. The research project utilised a quantitative approach, by distributing questionnaires. The questionnaires were formed of closed questions, which enabled the analysis of numerical data. The data was analysed using a thematic approach that mirrored the literature review. Analysing the data in this way enabled a clearer and easier identification of aspects of practice that revealed interesting information and possible implications for practitioners. Previous to the data collection I had assumed that if there was a weak point or problem within Early Years practice, it would be due to a lack of awareness of STEM as opposed to a gender inequality or lack of empowerment. After analysing the data with reference to the relevant literature, theme two of “girls lacking confidence” provided the most significant implications. The findings pointed to towards practice that could automatically be putting girls at a disadvantage. There seemed to be an overarching need for equality, treating all children the same and providing them with the same opportunities. The literature review had demonstrated however brain differences between the sexes, and a negative impact on the attitudes of girls when taught these subjects with boys. Although it was concluded changes to the Early Years curriculum would not be appropriate, practice would however benefit from a wider dialogue within the Early Years community, to raise awareness and begin the discussion amongst educators.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Departments > Childhood and Youth
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Wendy Ellison
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2017 11:55
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2017 11:55
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2936

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