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ERIC Number: EJ863753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Using Biographies of Outstanding Women in Bioengineering to Dispel Biology Teachers' Misperceptions of Engineers
Hoh, Yin Kiong
American Biology Teacher, v71 n8 p458-460, 462-463 Oct 2009
The perception that engineers and scientists are intelligent Caucasian men who are socially inept and absent-minded people is prevalent among students of all levels, from elementary school to college. While the media may, by chance or choice, promote this image, the reality is that most engineers are men. These stereotypical images of engineers and scientists as Caucasian men have, in part, discouraged many young women from pursuing any interest they may have in an engineering or science career because they cannot be the people so often portrayed in the media. Fortunately, research has shown that strategies such as presentation of female role models, distribution of career information, examination of gender-equitable materials, and participation in hands-on science investigations are effective in countering the stereotypical perceptions of engineers and scientists. This article describes one of the workshop activities the author has carried out with high school biology teachers to enable them to overcome their stereotypical perceptions of engineers and engineering. The workshop activity introduced them to outstanding women in bioengineering and raised their awareness of these female bioengineers' contributions to engineering and society. Biology teachers and professors can use the examples of these outstanding female bioengineers as role models to inspire their female students to become bioengineers. (Contains 1 table and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A