Resources and Links

Here we have collected together some resources for teachers to use in the classroom and in their planning. If you have something that you would like to add, or share with other teachers, then why not add it to the Wiki page.

Evaluate your interactions

The Institute of Physics has produced a self-evaluation template for teachers to use to evaluate how their interactions with boys and girls differ during a lesson. Download it here. They have also produced an excellent checklist for teachers to consult in order to assess their current practice in inclusive teaching.

In fact, the IoP has a whole page of guidance and resources for physics teachers on improving gender balance. This site is a fantastic resource and thoroughly recommended.

 

Interviews with female physicists  and Female Role Models

One area that has been identified as important in encouraging girls to consider careers in the physical sciences, is the presence of female role models. As part of the CERN High School  Teachers Programme, teachers have over the past few years, interviewed a number of physicists from their home countries working at CERN. A summary of those interviews can be found here .

The interviews carried out by the 2016 HST Working Group can be found in the brochure linked below.

Some other female role models from the authors’ home countries can be found here.

On a bigger scale, the AcademiaNet project is an extensive database of profiles of excellent female researchers across research disciplines. This is a great place to find information about female researchers, or to direct your students to for inspiration.

2016 Gender Inclusive Teaching Working Group

In 2016 a group of international teachers worked together to produce an information booklet for physics teachers wanting to make their classrooms more inclusive. Some information about the 2016 working Group can be found here, and the brochure that the group produced can be found here.

Smash and Rebuild

A common recurring theme amongst students, especially girls, who have an aptitude for the physical sciences, but are reluctant to pursue them into post-16 education is a lack of confidence in their practical skills. this is an exercise that is aimed at improving self-confidence and encouraging creativity  and inquisitiveness through deconstructing and rebuilding some household objects. See here for details.

General tips for classroom teachers.

In July 2017, a group of international teachers discussed and reflected on our own classroom practices, read literature, talked to experts in gender equity, and interviewed physicists working at CERN about their school experiences. We have produced a list of the tips and good practice ideas that came out of that working group. This is by no means an exhaustive list and should be a start point for a cascading discussion and reflection… Please do use the forum to discuss your thoughts.

Terminology

The language of inclusive teaching is one that not all educators will be entirely familiar with. Here is a short summary of the common terminology used in the world of gender equity and how that relates to the classroom.

Current Research

There is a lot of research and writing on gender equity and inclusivity in schools. Here we have gathered together some of the material that we found interesting and insightful. As with the tips for teachers above, this is in no way an exhaustive list, please do use the forums or wiki to share any research or writing that you have found particularly useful.

Useful Videos

Videos are a useful tool for communicating ideas, both to your students and your colleagues. The internet is full of videos, and trawling through them to find the gems is tough. Here are a few of our favourites. If you have anything else to add to this list, how about adding it on the wiki.