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  Session: Stereotypes and the Princess Threat
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Preservice Teachers' Knowledge of Women's Contributions to Physics
  Meeting: 2014 Winter Meeting: Orlando, Florida
  Location: N/A
  Time: 12:30PM
  Author: Jill A. Marshall, University of Texas at Austin
512 232-9685, marshall@austin.utexas.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Despite their underrepresentation in the field, particularly in professional positions, women have made critical contributions to physics. Still, previous studies have shown that many physics teachers and students are unable to name a woman physicist other than Marie Curie and describe her work in any detail. This presents an equity issue, as access to role models has been shown to mediate access to careers. To remedy this, efforts are under way to create an article pack on women in physics from The Physics Teacher and the American Journal of Physics as a resource for physics teachers. To evaluate the need for such a resource, I administered an assessment of knowledge of the contributions of women in physics to preservice secondary STEM education teachers, many of whom will ultimately teach physics. The results are compared with a prior survey of preservice elementary teachers and general education students.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: AAPT WM14 Orlando_jmarshall.pdf

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