1h4 Girls in STEM

Register for GEMnet’s 1-hour-crash-workshop on February 28, 2023, 12 a.m. CET; online

Diversity Sensitive Support for Vocational Orientation of Young Women"

Around half of Europe’s population is female, but only 15% work in tech sectors (2,4% in ICT related fields) and only around 20% are entrepreneurs. The untapped source of female technology, innovation and entrepreneurial potential leaves Europe with a huge and growing gender and skills gap in these sectors. Education certainly is the most important lever to enable and encourage girls to pursue studies and careers linked to STEM, particularly ICT, and entrepreneurship.

The workshop will offer an opportunity to reflect on the successful ideas and strategies for vocational orientation for young women with the focus on their migration background.

We will discuss and work on different strategies which are offered but also wished by the young women when it comes to their career aspiration. The workshop will be based on an online tool which helps young women to reflect on their own self-concept and abilities for career in natural sciences.

Finally, coaching strategies for teachers (including parents as well), educators from in-formal/non-formal education offers as well as a card game for parents and their daughters will be presented.

This time’s one hour for girls in STEM is led by Prof. Dr. Silvija Markic.

Prof. Dr. Silvija Markic is a professor for chemistry education at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany after a professorship at the Ludwigsburg University of Education. She finished her teacher training program for grammar school teacher of chemistry and mathematics and was working as a senior lecturer and researcher at the University of Bremen (Germany) until March 2017.

Her research interests include science teachers` beliefs and pedagogical content knowledge, linguistic heterogeneity and cultural diversity in chemistry and science education, cooperative learning and alternative teaching methods as well as digitalization of teaching and learning at the tertiary level. Her recent project are “Diversity in Science toward Social Inclusion – Non-formal Education in Science for Students` Diversity” (www.dissi.org) and “Educating Science Teachers for All” (www.esta-project.eu)