ERIC Number: ED408170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Science Support Groups and Women Science Educators: Advocates for Women's and Girls' Legitimate Participation in the Science Community.
Davis, Kathleen S.
This paper contains descriptions of some of the specific kinds of capital that are needed, sought, and used within two academic science support groups for women and girls that aim to be gender-sensitive. The ways in which the capital (cultural, economic, symbolic, and social) is acquired, the ways in which the groups interacted with the larger community, and how these groups create opportunities for women and girls are discussed. The paper addresses questions that pertain to the ways that group participants acknowledge, value, or discredit the capital prescribed by the science community; what type of capital is preferred; what forms of capital remain hidden from the participants' view; and what barriers prohibit the participants' full access to the capital perceived as needed by the science community. Data for this study is in the form of interviews of the leaders and participants from both the women in science group and the grade 7 through 12 science club, field notes taken during participant observation of group meetings, and analysis of group materials and other documents. Contains 37 references. (DDR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (St. Louis, MO, April, 1996).