First Advisor

Michael Flower

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) in General Science


Science Teaching




Computer science, Career choice, STEM, Vocational guidance -- Study and teaching (Secondary), Scientific ability -- Sex differences, Science -- Study and teaching (Secondary), Technology -- Study and teaching (Secondary), Engineering -- Study and teaching (Secondary), Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Secondary)



Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 54 p.) : ill.


Girls who have high aptitude in math are not entering careers related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM fields) at the same rate as boys. As a result, female students may have fewer employment opportunities. This study explores one potential way to reduce the gap between male and female career aspirations and choices. Specifically, it looks at the impact of bringing women with careers in math- and science-related fields into high school classrooms as role models. The study uses surveys to measure pre- and post-visit perceptions of science and scientific work as well as student's short-term interest in math and science courses. In addition to these surveys, student comments were collected about the role model visits. While the overall study yielded little statistical significance, it also indicated that the role model visits had some impact on student perceptions and choices and raised questions that warrant further study.


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Portland State University. Center for Science Education

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