Teacher columnist - Sue Thomson

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STEM education, Womens education, Gender differences, Student participation, International surveys, Self esteem, Student attitudes


While the 20th century saw women stride ahead in their participation in education and the workforce, there are still gender differences apparent in some areas of education. In particular, females do not enrol in higher mathematics, science, or ICT, or move into STEM-based careers to the same extent as males. We rightly celebrate great achievements for women in science, such as the Nobel Prizes awarded in Physics to Donna Strickland and in Chemistry to Frances Arnold this year, but why are these achievements such a rarity?

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Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)