Engendering Science Education: Inquiry-Based Science Education to benefit Girls

Nthabiseng TaoleDr., Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

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Title of proposalEngendering Science Education: Inquiry-Based Science Education to benefit Girls
Summary (200 word max.)The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in collaboration with the Third World Organisation for Women Scientists (TWOWS), the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (GAB-UNCSTD) and the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) propose a one-year project which will focus on the enhancement of Inquiry-Based Science Education to benefit girls in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is proposed to host a workshop that will bring together various stakeholders (researchers, teachers and educational specialists) within the IAP science education network in Africa to explore: the rationale for encouraging more girls and young women to study science and technology; the kinds of curriculum resources and pedagogies which appeal particularly to girls; how to reach out to girls, their families and their communities to encourage their enrollment in inquiry-based science education; discussion of strategies for engaging girls in the classroom; and strategies and methods for assessing the level of participation and results of participation of girls. Outputs of the workshop will include, inter alia, a set of recommendations for teachers, parents, governments and educational institutions on promoting the greater participation of girls and young women in inquiry-based science education. The recommendations will be compiled into a 20-30 pages policy makers' booklet.
Key words (8 words max.)enquiry-based science education; science education; girls; gender; sub-Saharan Africa
Project duration1 year
Partners(other IAP members and other organization)Third World Organization of Women in Science (TWOWS) Gender Advisory Board, UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development Network of African Science Academies (NASAC)
Requested budget (US$) (max. US$ 50,000)50,000
Budget Breakdown (max. 6 lines)Preliminary planning meeting of Steering Committee - $10,000 Hosting of workshop for science education experts and policy makers - $25,000 Preparation, printing and dissemination of report and policy makers' booklet - $15,000
Have you received IAP funding before? (YES NO)YES
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