Exploring Issues of Gender Equity in Girls' Out-of-School Time STEM Engagement

Pooja Upadhyay, Mikaela Coleman, Anna Bethune, Denise Nacu, Sheena Erete, Nichole Pinkard

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Abstract

Inequitable STEM participation among minoritized girls is a current and critical problem. Prior research has highlighted the importance of the middle-school age years as an important time for youth for interest identity development in science and math. Middle-school is often the stage at which youth begin their journey towards STEM careers. However, girls' STEM participation can be thwarted by gender discrimination, lack of external support, and socio-economic factors. Out-of-school-time (OST) activities are often designed to overcome these barriers. While the research on the barriers and challenges to participation are clear, less is known about how program designers and researchers can act on these insights to design individual programs as well as the overall ecosystem. This paper highlights key findings from current research on barriers to broadening participation in STEM among minorized girls and explores key insights from research for engaging program designers and researchers in designing OST experiences that are affirming and inclusive for minoritized girls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2020 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2020 - Proceedings
EditorsChristina Gardner-McCune, Nicki Washington, Edward Dillon, Gloria Washington, Jamie Payton
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728171722
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 10 2020
Event2020 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2020 - Virtual, Portland, United States
Duration: Mar 11 2020 → …

Publication series

Name2020 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2020 - Proceedings

Conference

Conference2020 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Portland
Period3/11/20 → …

Keywords

  • broadening participation
  • equitable participation in STEM
  • minorities in science
  • Out-of-school-time
  • STEM engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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