Charlottesville Tomorrow highlighted the work of local organization, Tech Girls, which provides resources and workshops to area girls in hope of sustaining their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines while also cultivating a sense of belonging in fields that might be perceived as unwelcoming to women.
Curry faculty member and researcher working in the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), Chris Hulleman, has investigated ways to foster student interest in STEM coursework through his research with the Motivation Research Institute. In the article, Hulleman commented on Tech Girls’ approach, agreeing that it gets at the crux of the issue:
Hulleman said that feeling a sense of belonging in a discipline is one of the components that impacts student interest, which ultimately can determine what a student decides to pursue.“Sometimes girls are pushed out because they don’t feel like they belong…So the intuition behind doing Tech Girls matches with what we’re learning about what we can do to help women feel like they can excel in STEM,” Hulleman added. “So we need to do things that make them feel like they belong, and we need to do things that make them feel like they can be successful.”
Read the full article at Charlottesville Tomorrow’s website.