Despite great advances in some areas of science such as biology, the gender gap remains significant in many areas of science, engineering, and math. This suggests that innovative educational programs, although often effective in changing interest and performance in science and math courses, have not been broadly effective in altering girls’ career choices. In this project we integrate previous research in three areas of career influences: 1) social-contextual influences such as classroom environment and culturally shared gender stereotypes, 2) person-attribute characteristics such as math and science ability and personal gender schemas, and 3) life goals, especially those related to work, marriage, and family. In addition, we focus on how these influences are affected by the interests and needs of girls at different time points in schooling.
This project is funded by a grant from National Science Foundation. Joan Barth is the PI. CO-PI’s are Dee Goldston (Education), Debra McCallum (ISSR), Nancy Rhodes (ISSR), Beth Todd (Engineering), Beverly Roskos-Ewoldsen (Arts & Sciences) and Carmen Taylor (Arts & Sciences). For additional information contact Joan Barth.