Age range: > 13
Resource type: guide, other, reference, textbook
This document critically discusses the reasons why present-day science education does not attract the required diversity of youth to STEM study programmes. These reasons include the implicit gendering of STEM, which presupposes certain types of learners to the exclusion of others, and the widespread conflation of gender with biological sex, which contributes to creating STEM stereotypes. These mechanisms are at work both in and out of school contexts, and have the effect of excluding a variety of learners from STEM. Clearly, to create and implement science education activities that are inclusive of the full diversity of learners, it is necessary to address these issues.
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