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Gender, Science and Mathematics

The theme of "Gender, Science and Mathematics" is that change agents, such as teachers and curriculum writers, have a key role in the translation of gender equity policy into gender equitable practices in science and mathematics education. The first section emphasizes that a necessary prerequisite for successful action is for scientists, students, teachers, teacher trainees, curriculum writers and researchers to confront the many different and often conflicting perspectives on the relationship between gender, science and mathematics. The second section presents a number of analyses of the reality of schools, classrooms, curriculum and assessment.Finally, the third section describes a variety of projects that have achieved some success in bringing about more equitable science and mathematics education. Ways are suggested in which future research and action can build on these expectations. The book provides vivid examples and adopts a practical approach. The recent research and thinking presented has a wide and general applicability. This title is designed for use throughout the world in university and college courses and by policy makers concerned with the gender/science/mathematics relationship.
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Introduction and overview; L.H. Parker, et al. I: Confronting perceptions and attitudes. 1. Science in a masculine straightjacket; J. Harding. 2. Towards a gender-inclusive science in schools: confronting student teachers' perceptions and attitudes; S.M. Haggerty. 3. Examining and extending young children's views of science and scientists; T. Jarvis. 4. Gender justice and the mathematics curriculum: four perspectives; S. Willis. 5. Revealing assumptions: problematising research on gender and mathematics and science education; J. Johnston, M. Dunne. II: The reality of schools, classrooms, curriculum and assessment. 6. Under cover of night: (re)gendering mathematics and science education; T. Evans. 7. Patterns of science achievement: international comparisons; J.P. Keeve, D. Kotte. 8. Equity in the mathematics classroom: beyond the rhetoric; G.C. Leder. 9. Assessment practices and gender in science; P.F. Murphy. 10. Gender equity and the enacted science curriculum; K. Tobin. 11. Equitable science education: a discrepancy model; J.B. Kahle. III: From policy to practice - building on experience. 12. The role of credible communicators in implementing gender-equity initiatives; T.R. Koballa Jr. 13. Sharing science: primary science for both teachers and pupils; D. Jorde, A. Lea. 14. `Do you know anyone who builds skyscrapers?' SOS - skills and opportunities in science for girls; B. Farmer. 15. The politics and practice of equity: experiences from both sides of the Pacific; N. Kreinberg, S. Lewis. 16. Informing teaching and research in science education through gender equity initiatives; L. Rennie, et al.

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