Girls in the Physics Classroom: A teachers’ guide for action

A guide for teachers on how to put the research on girls in physics into practice.

This guide includes practical suggestions to improve your practice as well as guidance on identifying the issues that may be affecting girls’ experience of physics in your own school.

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It aims to inform teachers about how girls experience physics and what influences their motivation for, and learning of, the subject. The practical advice is grounded in work carried out in classrooms and the methods suggested have been used successfully by other teachers and their students. The intention is to promote informed debate about this important issue.

The resource suggests that girls are more likely to continue with physics after the age of 16 if:

  • Physics is taught in a way that engages with the interests of young people
  • There is an expectation that anyone can do physics
  • Classrooms are managed to ensure active participation by students
  • The focus of learning is ideas rather than unconnected facts
  • Students feel supported in their learning
  • Young people understand the contribution that physics makes to society and can make to their lives

Many of the changes suggested in this guide simply represent good classroom practice and are likely to support both boys and girls in their learning.

Girls in the Physics Classroom: A teachers’ guide for action (PDF, 573 KB)

The third section of the guide is based around using two videos: Saving Nellie and Key Stage 3/4 Science: Girls in Physics. These videos are available to view or download here.

Videos

The guide includes a number of suggested questionnaires for use with students and teaching colleagues. These can be downloaded separately here.

Questionnaires (Word, 218 KB)

For more information or to order a printed copy of the pack, please email education@iop.org.