New STEM study seeks to help close the gender gap in schools

Study International | September 05, 2019

Looking back to the International Day of Women and Girls in Science held by the United Nations (UN) this year, a few jaw-dropping statistics about the gender gap in STEM were addressed.
For instance, “According to UNESCO data (2014 – 2016), only around 30 per cent of all female students selects STEM-related fields in higher education. Globally, female students’ enrolment is particularly low in ICT (3 per cent), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5 per cent) and in engineering, manufacturing and construction (8 per cent).” And at present, less than 30 percent of researchers worldwide are women. Knowing this, many schools around the world have made it their mission to glue together the gender gap with engaging STEM activities, as well as by celebrating the accomplishments of both male and female scientist, technologists, engineers and mathematicians, hoping that continuous encouragement of learners’ STEM interests will lead to a positive shift in the statistics above.

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With 2017 well underway, the TalentLMS team took a long hard look at the industry to determine the kind of trends and facts that everybody involved in corporate or commercial eLearning should be aware of.Don’t worry, though: we are not gonna serve you some lengthy (and boring) “market analysis” of the kind that industry pundits churn out by the metric ton. Instead, we have distilled our findings into 7 + 1 core observations and compiled them into an easy-on-the-eyes infographic.

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With 2017 well underway, the TalentLMS team took a long hard look at the industry to determine the kind of trends and facts that everybody involved in corporate or commercial eLearning should be aware of.Don’t worry, though: we are not gonna serve you some lengthy (and boring) “market analysis” of the kind that industry pundits churn out by the metric ton. Instead, we have distilled our findings into 7 + 1 core observations and compiled them into an easy-on-the-eyes infographic.

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