Journal article

‘95% of the time things have been okay’: the experience of undergraduate students in science disciplines with higher female representation

CR Fisher, CD Thompson, RH Brookes

International Journal of Science Education | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2020


Research has shown that achieving gender equality in science goes beyond equal gender ratios in the classroom. Female students in science disciplines with relatively higher female participation rates (e.g. biology and chemistry) still experience similar gender issues as students in male-dominated science disciplines (e.g. physics and mathematics). Yet, when studying gender inequality in science, these so-called ‘gender-balanced’ disciplines are frequently ignored. This study aimed to investigate gender issues for students in biology and chemistry and explore how these experiences were impacting their persistence in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational and ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship. We would also like to thank the two anonymous reviewers whose suggestions helped improve and clarify this manuscript.