Event Title

Perceptions and Effects of Science and Math Gender Stereotypes Upon Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Students and Parents

Session Number

T07

Advisor(s)

Leah Kind, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Location

A-131

Start Date

28-4-2016 1:35 PM

End Date

28-4-2016 2:00 PM

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

Women have continually been underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, even with all the advances made in the world today. In this investigation, I examined how Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy students and parents perceive math and science gender stereotypes, and how these perceptions affect the students. Students filled out surveys that assessed their self-perceptions of their skills in different courses, the kinds of toys they played with during childhood, the amount of parent involvement in their school work, and the effects of different classroom environments upon them. Parents were also interviewed to gain a deeper understanding of their thoughts on gender stereotypes and how their perceptions may have impacted their students. Results and conclusions will be presented at IMSAloquium.


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Perceptions and Effects of Science and Math Gender Stereotypes Upon Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Students and Parents

A-131

Women have continually been underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, even with all the advances made in the world today. In this investigation, I examined how Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy students and parents perceive math and science gender stereotypes, and how these perceptions affect the students. Students filled out surveys that assessed their self-perceptions of their skills in different courses, the kinds of toys they played with during childhood, the amount of parent involvement in their school work, and the effects of different classroom environments upon them. Parents were also interviewed to gain a deeper understanding of their thoughts on gender stereotypes and how their perceptions may have impacted their students. Results and conclusions will be presented at IMSAloquium.