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Teachers Are The ‘Gatekeepers’ Of STEM For Young Girls Says New Research

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I Wish has released its annual survey of more than 2,200 Transition Year students, which shows secondary school girls and their teachers still don’t know enough about STEM subjects and the careers that can follow.

The survey, launched today, found that three of the top four reasons which influence a young girl to pick a subject are directly related to their teacher. The influence of the teacher and the school continues to be key.

 

Key findings from the survey include:

  • 59% of girls say they don’t know enough about STEM
  • 93% of teachers say self-belief in girls’ own ability is a major challenge to STEM promotion in schools
  • 90% of teachers want to see workshops for girls to enhance resilience and confidence
  • The more STEM-related events a girl attends, the more likely she is to choose STEM subjects to Leaving Cert level and beyond.

I Wish is an initiative whose aim is to inspire, encourage and motivate young secondary school female students to pursue careers in STEM.

I Wish (inspiring women in STEM) features a conference with talks by female role models who are at the top of their field in STEM, and exhibitions allowing students to interact directly with experiments and demonstrations of what its like to work in the field.

 

To date over 12,000 girls have registered for the I Wish programme

 

The brainchild of Gillian Keating, Caroline O’ Driscoll and Ruth Buckley, I Wish was founded in Cork five years ago, and in February 2017 expanded nationally with the support of Local Government, its sponsors and Cork & Dublin City and County Councils.

To date over 12,000 girls have registered for the I Wish programme and the organisation is on a mission to further increase that reach, and keep expanding the inspiring initiative next year.

Earlier this year I Wish asked girls what subjects they find most difficult in school and what jobs they associate with women ahead of the I Wish 18 exhibition. Watch their responses here.

www.iwish.ie

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