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Almost half of girls find STEM subjects too hard
EB News: 16/03/2018 - 09:46
New research shows that nearly half of UK girls (49 per cent) find STEM subjects too difficult to learn.
According to the research, commissioned by Accenture, this is despite the vast majority of young people (84 percent) agreeing that jobs in the future will involve some element of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).
The research also found gender biases in parents’ and teachers’ attitudes around STEM.
Half (50 percent) of parents and two-thirds (67 percent) of teachers surveyed admit to stereotypes about girls and boys in relation to STEM, and two-thirds (68 percent) of teachers said they have seen girls drop STEM subjects due to parental pressure.
Four in 10 teachers (40 percent) believe that gender biases around STEM have already been established by the end of primary school.
To coincide with the research, Accenture hosted its annual nationwide ‘Girls in Stem’ events to inspire and educate young people about careers in STEM.