Changing the Image of Science: Gender Issues in Education

Year: 1986

Author: Kahle, Jane Butler, Fellow, Haydn Williams

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The historical development of the image of science and of scientists will be explored concomitent with an analyses of how education reinforces its popular image. Textbook representations, curriculum packaging, and classroom behaviors which contribute to a masculine image will be examined. In addition, research and practice which suggest the efficacy of gender-free science for all students will be presented. A discrepancy model will be developed which contrasts today's actual science classroom with tomorrow's ideal science classroom. Last, the pathway from the actual to the ideal will be explored.