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Girls and technology: Effects from a 6-year experiment
Högskolan i Gävle, Akademin för teknik och miljö, Avdelningen för elektronik, matematik och naturvetenskap, Elektronik. (Teknikdidaktik)ORCID-id: 0000-0001-7812-1249
Högskolan i Gävle, Akademin för teknik och miljö, Avdelningen för elektronik, matematik och naturvetenskap, Elektronik. (Teknikdidaktik)
2013 (engelsk)Konferansepaper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Fagfellevurdert)
Abstract [en]

Technology has been a mandatory subject in Swedish compulsory school the last 30 years. The last 18 years it has been a subject of its own, with specific syllabus and grading of the students. Nevertheless, the schools did not really get hold on how to teach the subject. Moreover, there are very few of the teachers with training in Technology. Most of the teachers giving Technology in the later years of compulsory school are traditional Science teachers and in earlier years they are not even trained in Science.

Municipalities have found that girls are not stimulated by the Technology subject. This is seen in gender-sensitive statistics of the transition from compulsory school to the upper secondary school. As a result, some municipalities offer 14-year old girls a voluntary summer school between 8th and 9th grade. The summer school is a cooperation between the municipality and the nearest university. Examples of activities in the summer school project are Geomatics, GPS measurements, CAD construction, Graphic design, Automatic control, Image processing, Energy conversion, and Electronics.

In this presentation, the summer school of a Swedish small-sized town was selected. The activity has been followed during 6 years between 2005 and 2010. Statistics of how the participants have chosen upper-secondary school education was gathered for each year, compared to the statistics for all girls of the same age in this municipality. The results vary between years for different educational programs in upper secondary school, but the general trend is that the participants of the summer school are more inclined to select a technical (theoretical or practical) or Science education (theoretical) than the other girls in the same age group.

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2013.
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Summer school, girls, career choice
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-15163OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-15163DiVA, id: diva2:646391
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10th Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA 2013), Nicosia, Cyprus. 2-7 september 2013
Tilgjengelig fra: 2013-09-09 Laget: 2013-09-09 Sist oppdatert: 2018-03-13bibliografisk kontrollert

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