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Brief stories of successful female role models in science help counter gender stereotypes regarding intellectual ability among young girls: A pilot study

Buckley, Chris, Farrell, Lynn and Tyndall, Ian (2021) Brief stories of successful female role models in science help counter gender stereotypes regarding intellectual ability among young girls: A pilot study. Early Education and Development, 33 (4). pp. 555-566. ISSN 1556-6935

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/10409289.2021.1928444

Abstract

Negative stereotypes about female intellectual abilities occur in children as young as 6-years-old and can shape a child’s educational path and career choice, particularly in relation to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The current study (N = 40) explored preexisting gender stereotypes in a purposeful sample of 6 to 8-year-old white British girls at a dance and performing arts center and tested the impact of a brief story-based intervention that exposed young girls to intellectually brilliant female role models in STEM. Research Findings: Findings indicated that exposure to stories about women in science can help counter negative stereotypes concerning female intellectual ability. Another stereotype, “females are nicer than males”, was prevalent in most participants and was not affected by the current intervention. Practice or Policy: A key implication of this study is that young girls who learn about members of their own gender group who accomplished success in STEM fields may be more inclined to think of STEM careers as a possibility for females in future.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Gender
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Classes of Labour > Women and Work
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2022 14:29
Last Modified: 13 May 2022 11:50
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/5378

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