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Why aren't girls taking up careers in science and engineering? Talking to girls at school and their teachers, they certainly aren't lacking in ability - often examination results show that girls ar...e achieving higher grades than boys. So what can be done to actually encourage girls? Kate Bellingham looks at the various options - one being positive discrimination - schemes such as the 'Women in Science and Engineering initiative' which sends WISE buses into schools, allowing girls to carry out various technological projects on their own, without interference from boys. But not everybody feels happy with positive discrimination, including the girls themselves. So another way of encouragement is through the use of role models, either by ensuring that there are female science and technology teachers within the school environment or taking girls out of school to talk to young women who are studying the sciences or working in the industry.
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Series: Technology Faculty Radio; Series 2
Episode 2
First transmission date: 1997
Published: 1997
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Duration: 00:29:54
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Producer: Iris Rowbotham
Contributors: Kate Bellingham; Joyce Bullimore; Marie Noelle Barton; Sue Monney; David Wood; John King; David Gwyn; Richard Grout; Fay Plumb; Angela Hewitt
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Gable Hall; Sex discrimination in the classroom; Ursuline Convent High School; W.I.S.E. (Women into Science and Technology)
Master spool number: 96YT0438
Production number: T007_02
Available to public: no