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ERIC Number: EJ1190984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1940-7882
Gendered Student Ideals in STEM in Higher Education
Parson, Laura; Ozaki, C. Casey
NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education, v11 n2 p171-190 2018
Using the framework of feminist standpoint theory, this study explored the everyday work of undergraduate STEM students to identify STEM institutional cultural norms and standards that organize and inform the organization of everyday work for undergraduate women majoring in math and physics. Data collection and analysis focused on how the interface between undergraduate women and STEM education was organized as a matter of everyday encounters between students, faculty, and administration through their experiences inside and outside the classroom. Undergraduate participants reported challenges meeting some of the characteristics of successful math and physics students (e.g., taking risks, asking questions, putting school first) and preferred a collectivistic environment. These characteristics are evidence of a masculine STEM institution, which also creates a masculine ideal that women students are expected to meet and exacerbates their discomfort in the STEM environment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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