Taking Stock: Where We've Been, Where We Are, Where We're Going

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Taking Stock: Where We've Been, Where We Are, Where We're Going

Abstract

Focusing on "where we've been, where we are, and where we're going," the authors examine minority women's and White women's progress in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET) over the past decade. Starting from an exploration of participation and achievement data, the authors move on to cover the theories behind SMET gender differences, including those based on testing, biology, social-psychology, and cognitive sciences. Looking at practice as well as theory, the authors explore the impacts that interventions and contextual influences, such as societal change and education reform, have had on efforts to achieve gender parity in SMET. The article concludes with the recommendation of logical next steps to preserve and expand the gains made by women in these fields. (Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering vol. 8, pp. 255-284, 2002)

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