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General Middle School High School Undergraduate
Studies of students’ achievement in mathematics have shown that the strongest and most consistent gender and socioeconomic status differences are in the area of measurement ability, an important prerequisite for success in STEM fields.
Understanding Why Girls Have Trouble With Measurement
GRADE LEVEL: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Working on the complex challenges of narrowing the gender gap in STEM requires a broad array of strategies and resources. Informal education programs vary in structure and process from classroom instruction and often require specific training and materials to create an effective intervention. Similar challenges exist in developing initiatives to engage higher education faculty from science and engineering disciplines in programs and activities that encourage girls and women to choose STEM careers.
“Teachers can foster girls’ long-term interest in math and science by choosing activities that spark initial curiosity about math and science content.” “Encouraging Girls in Math and Science” Institute of Educational Sciences Practice Guide. U.S. Department of Education, p. 7.