There has long been a perception that girls and women have less aptitude for math and science subjects than boys and men. However, there is no factual basis to this belief. What is true is that by adolescence girls often have a lower level of confidence and, perhaps as a result, are less likely to show interest in technical subjects. Helping girls see past gendered stereotypes and existing self-perceptions can increase confidence and encourage them to follow educational and career paths in math and science fields.

To best support girls' success in math and science, teachers should help students understand that their academic ability is expandable with work and practice, provide prescriptive feedback that recognizes specific effort and offers suggestions for improvement, raise the visibility of women who excel in math and the sciences and can serve as female role models for students, offer engaging and meaningful activities that spark curiosity, and provide specific support in spatial skills instruction including visualization and manipulation.

To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the IES Practice Guide, Encouraging Girls in Math and Science.

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Learning Together About Female Role Models

Use this protocol to convene a school in-service session to learn about the practice of exposing girls to female role models who have achieved success in math or science. Related Media and...

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Planning for Implementation: Female Role Models

Work with teachers in your school using this tool to develop a plan for exposing your students to female role models in math and science. Related Files: Teacher Self-Reflection:...

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07/25/2014
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Teacher Self-Reflection: Teaching About Female Role Models

Use this evaluation form to guide teachers’ self-reflection on instructional strategies for exposing girls to female role models who have succeeded in math or science.

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07/25/2014
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She Did It, You Can, Too

Here is a series of motivational posters introducing former students of Dallas Independent School District who have been successful in their higher education and career paths. Related...

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Students’ Essays: I Want to Be Like Her

Look at five winning essays from the 2007 essay competition “I Want to Be Like Her.” Middle and high school students read biographies of female scientists and engineers and write an essay...

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The Importance of Female Role Models

The Importance of Female Role Models

A teacher and member of the Encouraging Girls in Math and Science expert panel shares experiences in teaching about female role models in math and science. She describes the role of teachers and...

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Female Role Models in High School

Female Role Models in High School

A high school physics teacher talks about guest speakers who present about their careers. He describes the characteristics of role models that high school students relate to and presentation...

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07/25/2014
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Female Role Models in Junior High

Female Role Models in Junior High

A junior high school science teacher discusses programs implemented at the school with emphasis on female role models. Tutors, mentors, and guest speakers are part of the programs to encourage...

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07/25/2014
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Schoolwide Support for Girls

Schoolwide Support for Girls

The principal of Clarke N. Johnsen Junior High School describes how the school supports science teachers as role models for students. The school brings guest speakers to the school and encourages...

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Teacher Self-Reflection: Prescriptive, Informational Feedback

Use this worksheet to guide teachers’ self-reflection on the feedback they provide to students.

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Observing Students to Develop a Feedback Plan

Use these observation process steps with pairs of teachers to guide observations of each others' classes with the end goal of improving the feedback given to students.

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Learning Together About Prescriptive Feedback

Convene a school in-service session for teachers to learn about how to provide prescriptive, informational feedback using these suggested activities. Related Files and Media: Prescriptive...

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