Esther Chen | Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design | Mathematics Science and Technology

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Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design

In the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology

Curriculum Design for Public High School Mathematics Teachers: Overcoming Gender Bias in the Classroom

Esther Chen, M.A. in Communication and Education

This curriculum design focuses on strategies and teaching methods high school mathematics teachers can implement to create a gender conscious classroom where girls are encouraged and motivated to be successful in the subject. Positive feedback is needed from teachers, fellow students, and parents in order to help girls see themselves able to do well in math and science. Women are currently underrepresented in STEM due to lack of support and societal gender norms instilling the notion that females are unable to achieve success. Thus, helping girls find applicability in the material and make meaning in the learning process can alleviate established gender expectations in the classroom, and ultimately the workplace. The hope of this project is for teachers to realize the need to help girls see themselves as mathematicians, computer scientists, and engineers so that they might pursue careers in spite of gender norms. 

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