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Field-Dependent Gender Imbalance: How to Ensure a Balanced Learning Experience


Jacob Fletcher, MSc Candidate
Biology Department
Graduate Teaching Associate
Centre for Learning and Teaching

Overview

Certain fields of study have culminated to Significant enrolment differences among genders. What sociocultural factors have led to this imbalance? Has the history of educational institutions’ approaches to program development contributed to this gap? Diversity in the classroom, in all forms, is invaluable for an enriched educational experience. Moving forward, how can we improve our methods in teaching, course development, and institutional marketing to promote a greater balance in future gender diversity within these programs? This session will evaluate challenges and approaches to teaching in fields with a gender-gap, and the steps we as educators can take to ensure equal opportunity for learning in the classroom.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss history of gender imbalance in higher education
  • Discuss learning opportunities and advantages of classroom diversity
  • Discuss challenges and strategies in teaching in a gender-imbalanced field
  • Open discussion
    • Put yourself in their shoes
    • Moving forward: diminishing the gender gap

Articles of Interest

http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2012/06/20/stem-fields-and-the-gender-gap-where-are-the-women/#7ed3048d33a9

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/truth-women-stem-careers/

http://www.macleans.ca/education/getting-to-the-root-of-gender-imbalance-in-stem-fields/

Register for this event

Time

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Location

Killam Library, Room B400

Cost

Free

Contact

Michelle Soucy
Communications and Event Planning Officer
Centre for Learning and Teaching
Dalhousie University
Killam Library, Suite G90
Tel: (902) 494-6641
Email: Michelle.Soucy@dal.ca