Please send this Newsletter to research colleagues you might know who can also contribute to the Network aims.
Some time has passed since the last Gender & STEM newsletter, but we have not remained inactive! We are happy to welcome new members, the Network website is ready to launch and we have been busy planning and organizing our first Network meeting at the Gender Development Research Conference in San Francisco, as well as the first Gender & STEM Network conference in September 2012 in Amsterdam. More information follows below.
First of all, we would like to welcome our new members who have joined the worldwide ‘Gender & STEM Educational and Occupational Pathways and Participation Network’, developed to gain better insight into the various, closely connected aspects of career choices and pathways in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics).
Once more, the network’s core objectives are:
- to gain more insight into the various, closely connected aspects of STEM career choices of girls/women and boys/men; and
- to identify approaches to improve participation, especially for girls/women.
Relevant research will span early childhood, primary/elementary, secondary, and post-secondary settings, as well as outside-school settings, and within the workforce.
Diverse researchers who contribute to this field can provide concentrated information to target engagement in the various subfields of STEM, if we integrate our research findings to gain a coherent view from childhood to labor market. VHTO policy workers and academic researchers will work in close association on these subjects.
In this Newsletter we include brief biographies of new network members. Could you also send this Newsletter to research colleagues you might know, who can contribute to the Network aims? The membership form is available on our new website.
Warm wishes, Helen Watt
Gender & STEM Network website online!
We are proud to present our website – www.GenderandSTEM.com
- and encourage you to wander through. The Gender & STEM Network website will serve as an information channel for our activities and as a discussion platform for members of the community. Network members can start their own discussion threads on the platform, react to each other and place articles and links to interesting topics concerning gender and STEM. A membership application form is included for potential new members. If you have any questions or comments concerning the network, the website and/or the forum, please contact Noortje Jansen (Network secretariat) at genderandSTEM@vhto.nl
. Succeeding this newsletter network members will receive a login name and password to join in the forum.
First Network meeting at Gender Development Research Conference
The Fifth Gender Development Research Conference (GDRC) will be held Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20, 2012 in San Francisco. The GDRC has kindly offered us an opportunity for our first Network meeting during their conference. All Network members (and potentially interested future Network members) are warmly invited to attend our 1-hour meeting scheduled within the GDRC conference program. We will discuss the Network aims and plan the agenda for the coming year, including our first Conference 5-6 September in Amsterdam. Ms Noortje Jansen from VHTO will Chair the meeting, to be titled ‘Gender & STEM, educational and occupational pathways and participation’.
A Keynote Panel will also be presented at the GDRC 2012, including Network members as speakers, also Chaired by Noortje Jansen:
- Beth Kurtz-Costes, When social identity shapes personal identity: Academic stereotypes and other motivational beliefs;
- Helen M. G. Watt, Gendered educational and occupational choices related to mathematics: The role of expectancies and values through adolescence;
- Lynn S. Liben, Making STEM Girly or Making Girls STEM-y: Rationales and Ramifications;
- Ruth Butler, Gendered development of self-evaluative strategies and biases: Costs and benefits for motivation and learning.
In this Panel, presenters will speak to core questions, such as:
- Does gender still matter? For whom? Where? And when?
- Costs and benefits of gendered achievement-related socialisation/self-views/values?
- And of existing theoretical frameworks/methodologies?
- What do we understand? Not really understand? Think/thought we understand, but might not?
Gender & STEM Network Conference
The first Gender and STEM Network Conference will be held Wednesday, September 5, and Thursday September 6 in Amsterdam. This conference will host a meeting for network members only and a public conference to include others who are interested. At the conference we will have great keynote speakers among whom Professor Jacquelynne Eccles from the University of Michigan, panel discussions and workshops with researchers and policy makers who are concerned with the subject.
We would like to invite Network members to participate in the one day session on September 5 about the ‘missing pieces of the jigsaw puzzle’ on gender and STEM. The starting point for the discussion will be Eccles’ expectancy-value model of achievement related choices.
The core questions for the public conference on September 6 will be: How to contribute to more gender inclusive choice-behavior in the area of STEM? Which actions have first priority and need most attention? What works in the short term and what in the long term? Network members are kindly invited to attend the public conference as well.
Call for papers
Gender and STEM, Educational and Occupational Pathways and Participation Network Conference invites proposals for:
Attributions to gender inclusive STEM education, and school and career choices.
September 5-6, 2012
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
This conference will bring together academics, teachers, policy makers, experts and the public to explore the missing pieces of the ‘jigsaw puzzle’: what do we not yet know that we need to, concerning girls/women and STEM.
Some of the jigsaw pieces might include:
- teacher characteristics and promoting girls’/boys’ STEM motivations, participation and achievement;
- development of girls’/boys’ STEM motivations, participation and achievement;
- making STEM careers more attractive to women/men;
- preschool gender development and participation in STEM; and
- approaches/policies concerning more girls/women in STEM that work and do not work.
Patron Network Member Professor Jacquelynne Eccles will present an inaugural conference Keynote address. Professor Eccles’ work has been seminal in this field, and programmatic over a sustained period of time.
The deadline for submission of proposals is April 1, 2012. Please send proposals via email to the secretariat of the Gender and STEM Network at VHTO: Noortje Jansen at GenderandSTEM@vhto.nl
New Network members' brief biographies
Jürgen Baumert (Germany)
Jürgen Baumert, scientific member of the Max Planck Society, is Director Emeritus of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Professor of Education at the Humboldt University and the Free University of Berlin, and was Vice President of the Max Planck Society from 2006 to 2008. Read more.
Sian Beilock (USA)
Sian Beilock is a psychology professor at The University of Chicago and one of the world’s leading experts on the brain science behind “choking under pressure” and the many factors influencing all types of performance: from test-taking to public speaking to your golf swing. Read more
Rebecca Bigler (USA)
Rebecca S. Bigler is Professor of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She studies the causes and consequences of social stereotyping and prejudice among children, with a particular focus on gender and racial attitudes. Read more
Amanda Durik (USA)
Amanda M. Durik is an associate professor of Psychology at Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb IL, USA. She has expertise in the development of interest and intrinsic motivation, focusing on both personal and situational factors that promote optimal motivation during task engagement. Read more
Caroline Findlay (Australia)
Caroline completed her Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma of Psychology and Post-Graduate Diploma of Psychology at Monash University Melbourne. She is currently living in Singapore whilst completing her Masters of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) under the supervision of Associate Professor Helen Watt and Dr Leonie Kronborg. Read more
Jennifer Fredricks (USA)
Jennifer Fredricks is associate professor and chair of the Human Development department at Connecticut College where she teaches courses in life span development, adolescence, and public policy. She is the faculty director of the Holleran Center for community action and public policy at Connecticut College. Read more
Mariane Frenay (Belgium)
Mariane Frenay is Full Professor and the Dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Education at the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. She is the UNESCO Chair of University Teaching and Learning and is a senior member of the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Socialization, Education and Training (GIRSEF). Read more
Frédéric Guay (Canada)
Frédéric Guay obtained a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Université du Québec à Montréal in 1997. His doctoral studies were funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). He then pursued postdoctoral studies in the School of Psychology at Université Laval, where he again received a grant from the SSHRC. Read more
Anne Jasman (Australia)
Anne Jasman is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Her research interests are: Initial Teacher Education, Continuing Professional Development, Teacher and Teaching Quality. Read more
Anne Marie van Langen (The Netherlands)
Dr. Annemarie van Langen (1962) is a senior researcher at the Institute for Applied Social Studies (ITS), attached to the Radboud University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She specializes in the international participation of students in STEM education in secondary and tertiary education. Read more
Campbell Leaper (USA)
Campbell Leaper, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his doctorate in developmental psychology at UCLA and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. His research program investigates aspects of gender development during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Read more
Oksana Malanchuk (USA)
Oksana Malanchuk is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, where she serves as Project Manager for the Maryland Adolescent Development in Context Study (MADICS). She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from The University of Michigan in 1990 and has been with MADICS from 1994 to the present. Read more
Milagros Sáinz (Spain)
Milagros Sáinz is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute in the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. She earned her PhD (European Doctorate Degree) with honours in Social Psychology at UNED (the Spanish National Distance Learning University). Read more
Katariina Salmela-Aro (Finland)
Katariina Salmela-Aro is currently Research Director in the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in the University of Helsinki and Professor in the Finnish Center of Excellence on Learning and Motivation Research. She is a Director of the FinEdu Longitudinal Research. Read more
Ingrid Schoon is Professor of Human Development and Social Policy at the Institute of Education, University of London, and Research Director of the Centre for Youth Transitions (CAYT) funded by the Department of Education. She is coordinating the international post-doctoral Jacobs Foundation Fellowship ‘PATHWAYS to Adulthood’, is a member of the International Collaborative for the Analysis of Pathways from Childhood to Adulthood (CAPCA) organised by the University of Michigan. Read more
Janet Shibley-Hyde (USA)
Janet Shibley Hyde, Ph.D., is the Helen Thompson Woolley Professor of Psychology and of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, USA. Her research has focused particularly on gender and STEM. Read more
Sandra Simpkins (USA)
Sandra Simpkins earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology. She is an associate professor in the School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. Her research interests include after-school activities, motivation, parenting, and friendships. Read more
Andrew Smiler (USA)
Dr. Smiler is a developmental psychologist whose work examines sexual development among 15-25 year olds, with particular attention to the role of individual differences and normative aspects of sexual behavior. He also studies masculinity, primarily definitions of and adherence to different aspects of masculine norms; this research includes both male and female participants. Read more
Abigail Stewart (USA)
Abigail J. Stewart is Sandra Schwarz Tangri Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, associate dean for academic programs and initiatives at the Rackham Graduate School, and director of the ADVANCE Program at the University of Michigan, which grew out of the NSF Institutional Transformation grant she directed from 2002-2006. Read more
Pooran Wynarczyk (UK)
Pooran Wynarczyk is the professor of Small Enterprise Research, Director of Small Enterprise Research Unit (SERU) at Newcastle University Business School, UK and the Chair of the Diversity Consultative Group at Newcastle University. Read more
Global plan & Timeline
Girls and women progressively opt out of STEM subjects, studies and careers. Several researchers suggest there is a ‘sex-based filter’ in the pipeline from secondary education, through university and finally STEM jobs, that makes that girls/women leak from the stream and leaves boys/men to arrive at the end of the pipeline.
In the Gender & STEM Network we intend to discuss the evidence, from participants’ and other research, and implications for policy and interventions, along the full length of the pipeline:
- Neurobiology: STEM talent (perception environment + girls; fostering talent), sex differences & similarities …
- Stereotyping: from early childhood (parents, environment) …
- Primary education: STEM in primary school, female teachers, teacher stereotyping, image of STEM held by boys/girls …
- Secondary education: achievements of boys/girls in STEM subjects, attitudes of boys/girls to STEM subjects, choice of subjects, teacher stereotyping, curriculum, pedagogy and student-teacher interaction, image held by boys/girls of STEM university courses/jobs/professional careers, role models …
- University: choice of courses (STEM or non-STEM), teacher stereotyping, curriculum, pedagogy and student-teacher interaction, image held by boys/girls of professional STEM jobs and careers, role models …
- Professional careers (again STEM or non-STEM), career opportunities & support …
We propose to discuss several connected sections of the pipeline in each of the next few years:
2011: start, input from participants on aims, global plan and desirable output.
2012: Network meeting at GDRC 19020 April in San Francisco.
2012: primary education + secondary education + university; Conference 5-6 September in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2013: secondary education + university + professional career; Conference if advisable & possible. 2014: updates + (final) Conference + (final) publication.
19-20 April 2012
Gender Development Research Conference, San Francisco
5-6 September 2012
Network Conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (host VHTO).