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ERIC Number: ED098057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Mar-17
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Increasing the Participation of Women in Science Careers.
Smith, Walter Scott
The author presents some educational practices which, in his view, perpetuate the notion that some careers should naturally be pursued by women or by men and the idea that women and men as classes possess many group characteristics that go beyond genetically-based attributes. Suggestions are given for ways of encouraging women to pursue the broad range of all science careers, especially those which can be identified as traditionally male. Four strategies are described as means to increase the participation of women in science careers. First, educators should modify their own behavior or alter school practices which perpetuate outmoded myths about specific roles for women. Secondly, supplemental curriculum materials should portray women in a variety of science career roles. Science educators must encourage women into those science and math courses which have been avoided by too many women which will enable them to pursue collegiate science majors. Another strategy would be to acquaint women of all school ages with women already pursuing high level science careers, and the final strategy, a basic need for opening up the broad range of all careers for all women. (Author/EB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the National Convention of National Science Teachers Association (22nd, Chicago, Illinois, March 15-19, 1974)