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TitleGender, Science and Mathematics [electronic resource] : Shortening the Shadow / edited by Lesley H. Parker, Lรฉonie J. Rennie, Barry J. Fraser
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1996
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Descript XV, 230 p. online resource


Throughout the Western world, the relationship between gender, science and mathยญ ematics has emerged as critical in a variety of contexts. In tertiary institutions, the study of "gender issues", frequently with reference to science and mathematics, is of central significance to many disciplines. Gender studies are being offered as sepaยญ rate courses or parts of existing courses in preservice and postgraduate teacher eduยญ cation, women's studies, technology studies and policy studies. In addition, in the broader context of education at all levels from primary/elementary through to higher, concerned policy-makers and practitioners frequently focus on the interaction of gender, science and mathematics in their attempts to reform and improve education for all students. In all of these contexts, there is an urgent need for suitable texts, both to provide resources for teachers and students and to inform policy-makers and practitioners. This book has been developed specifically to meet this need. It is designed to be used throughout the world in a variety of tertiary courses and by policy-makers concerned with activities which interface with the gender/science/mathematics relaยญ tionship. It provides examples which illustrate vividly the rich field from which practitioners and policy-makers in this area now can draw. Its particular appeal will stem from its practical approach and creative future perspective, the international renown of the authors and the generalisability of the recent research and thinking presented in each of the chapters


Section I: Confronting Perceptions and Attitudes -- 1. Science in a Masculine Strait-Jacket -- 2. Towards a Gender-Inclusive Science in Schools: Confronting Student Teachersโ{128}{153} Perceptions and Attitudes -- 3. Examining and Extending Young Childrenโ{128}{153}s Views of Science and Scientists -- 4. Gender Justice and the Mathematics Curriculum: Four Perspectives -- 5. Revealing Assumptions: Problematising Research on Gender and Mathematics and Science Education -- Section II: The Reality of Schools, Classrooms, Curriculum and Assessment -- 6. Under Cover of Night: (Re)Gendering Mathematics and Science Education -- 7. Patterns of Science Achievement: International Comparisons -- 8. Equity in the Mathematics Classroom: Beyond the Rhetoric -- 9. Assessment Practices and Gender in Science -- 10. Gender Equity and the Enacted Science Curriculum -- 11. Equitable Science Education: A Discrepancy Model -- Section III: From Policy to Practice โ{128}{148} Building on Experience -- 12. The Role of Persuasive Communicators in Implementing Gender โ{128}{148} Equity Initiatives -- 13. Sharing Science: Primary Science for Both Teachers and Pupils -- 14. โ{128}{152}Do You Know Anyone Who Builds Skyscrapers?โ{128}{153} SOS โ{128}{148} Skills and Opportunities in Science for Girls -- 15. The Politics and Practice of Equity: Experiences from Both Sides of the Pacific -- 16. Informing Teaching and Research in Science Education through Gender Equity Initiatives -- Notes on Contributors 223

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