Recent research in German schools has found that certain factors influence learned helplessness in students. Learned helplessness has enduring implications for students and can occur in multiple environments and contexts — and, importantly, it is more prevalent in girls. Prevention strategies, such as teacher-student relationships and a sense of belonging are protective but must start early, and the threat of exclusion can interfere with their efficacy.
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An international review found that cultural perceptions, economic and institutional resources and sources of information influenced the experience of menstruation and management. Many young girls still experience shame and secrecy around the concept of menstruation and research confirmed that ‘developed’ nations like Australia are not immune to the shame and taboo that surrounds menstruation.
Recent research by UK-based researchers explored the impact of parent and carer’s attitudes and beliefs on children’s participation in physics. While no causal relationship between ‘parental attitudes and student outcomes’ was found, the authors did conclude that parent beliefs about their child’s likeliness to get a Physics A-level or work in a physics-related field has the potential to impact girls’ self-concept.
Sweden has been recognised for its high levels of gender equity, but still has highly segregated labour markets. This same attitude is reflected in university level education, but these findings indicate that attitudes towards mathematics in lower secondary are less gendered. This case study seeks to better understand how gendered conceptions of mathematics-related employment develop.
Schuster et al. (2022) found that educators’ gender stereotypes led to a stereotype-contrasting grading bias. If gender bias was present, markers compensated by being more generous, leading to discrepancies in the consistency of teacher judgement.
Chapman (2022) draws on feminist post-structuralism and queer theory to “examine Australian early childhood educators’ views on children’s gender identity development, and the content on gender in the Australian Government’s Early Years Learning Framework”.
COVID-19 impacted students’ levels of physical activity, regardless of gender. After returning to school following extended periods of lockdown, “girls engaged in significantly less moderate-to-vigorous” physical activity after returning to school when compared to boys. Researchers have identified upper secondary school female students as an at-risk group, requiring ‘specific COVID-recovery intervention’.
Low numbers of women in key leadership roles have been popularly addressed through interventions that “stimulate girls’ leadership aspirations through the public pedagogy of role models”. Recent research suggests that existing approaches which use celebrities and women in leadership positions as role models do not challenge the “traditionally individualist, authoritarian and masculine” themes present in frameworks of leadership.
Research in Wales has suggested that the physical activity of girls can decline more than that of boys as they reach adolescence. A ‘primary school-based community linked role-model programme’ draws on evidence that suggests role models could hold a crucial role as an inspiring influence to encourage girls to be (and remain) physically active.