Date Approved

8-9-2021

Graduate Degree Type

Project

Degree Name

Education-Instruction and Curriculum: Elementary Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Ellen Schiller

Academic Year

2020/2021

Abstract

Female students are not often treated the same way as male students in the elementary classroom. Teachers bring their gender bias into their daily practices and unknowingly encourage male student towards STEM subjects and female students away from STEM subjects. This results in a gender gap in STEM careers. This project aims to combat gender bias by holding an in-service. Research supports the idea that once bias has been addressed in individuals, they are less likely to hold on to their bias. Participants will take a test to discover their bias, be presented with relevant research, read an article on gender bias, and create a plan for their own classrooms. By addressing gender bias in their classrooms, participants will be part of the systemic change needed to reduce the gender gap in STEM careers.

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