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Reversing Gender Stereotypes in STEM Education in a Gender-Segregated Region

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

Conference Session

Women in Engineering Division Technical Session 10

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Women in Engineering

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Diversity

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13

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Safia Malallah Kansas State University

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Safia Malallah is a web developer, artist, and Ph.D. candidate at Kansas State University. She obtained her master’s degree in computer science from Montana State University in 2017. Her research is centered around metamorphic testing in scientific software. ِSafia's research interests expanded to include computer science education after observing the influence computer science has on her children. Her current research project is examining methods of teaching young children computational thinking by modeling playground environments. She seeks to expand her experience by volunteering and helping to facilitate STEM workshops.

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Salah Alfailakawi Kansas State University

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Salah Alfailakawi is a PhD student in Educational Technology (ET) Graduate Programs at Kansas State University's College of Education. His areas of interest include social/cultural issues in ET, the impact of ET on learners and teachers, as well as practice and change management. He earned his master's degree in practice and theory in interdisciplinary studies from Montana State University Billings. He has been an a teacher of English as a foreign language since 2006 and a head teacher since 2012 (6th-9th) grade.

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Taiba Yousef Alkhurafi Kuwait University

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Received her B.Sc. in computer engineering from Kuwait University, and currently preparing her M.S. in computing information systems. Her research interests include cloud computing, software engineering and information security management . She is currently working as a software engineer and information security auditor. She managed lot of projects to improve the quality of the working environment.

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Joshua Levi Weese Kansas State University

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Dr. Josh Weese is a Teaching Assistant Professor at Kansas State University in the department of Computer Science. Dr. Weese joined K-State as faculty in the Fall of 2017. He has expertise in data science, software engineering, web technologies, computer science education, and primary and secondary outreach programs. Dr. Weese has been the lead developer for the PhysPort Data Explorer, a data analytics and visualization portal that enables physics faculty to upload assessment data and receive instant feedback on their students’ assessment results, including expert recommendations and customized visualizations. Dr. Weese is highly active in several outreach programs, including Kansas STARBASE, USD 383 Summer STEM Institute, Girl Scouts of the USA, and Boy Scouts of America, reaching over 1200 Kansas K-12 students annually. He is also currently serving on the state K-12 Computer Science standards committee, leading to adopted computer science standards for the state of Kansas.

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Abstract

Women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and degree programs are a minority in most countries throughout the world; however, countries such as Kuwait, UAE, Sweden, and Iran show the opposite trend. In fact, in Kuwait, an Arabic country with gender segregation regulations, females have reversed the gender stereotype of the female minority in STEM fields. This research developed a STEM Educational model for Arab/Persian Gulf regions to study causes of reversed gender stereotypes. The results show 14 influential factors on males developing the Peter Pan syndrome, men who never grew up— living a pattern that does not give them time to develop the psychological maturity needed skills. Furthermore, 16 factors marked females as a High Ability Learner where she develops more abilities, interests, and psychological maturity. Males and females’ stereotypes lead to reverse gender outcomes in STEM fields.

Malallah, S., & Alfailakawi, S., & Alkhurafi, T. Y., & Weese, J. L. (2021, July), Reversing Gender Stereotypes in STEM Education in a Gender-Segregated Region Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37682

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