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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
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ISSN Imprimir: 1072-8325
ISSN En Línea: 1940-431X

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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v8.i3-4.40
22 pages

THE RURAL GIRLS IN SCIENCE PROJECT: FROM PIPELINES TO AFFIRMING SCIENCE EDUCATION

Angela B. Ginorio
Department of Women Studies, University of Washington, Box 35-4345, Seattle, WA 98195-4345
Michelle Huston
Rural Girls in Science,University of Washington
Katie Frevert
Integrated Environmental Health Middle School Project, NIEHS Center for Ecogenetics & Environmental Health, University of Washington
Jane Bierman Seibel
Passages Northwest, Seattle, WA

SINOPSIS

The Rural Girls in Science (RGS) program was developed to foster the interest in science, engineering, and mathematics among rural high school girls in the state of Washington. Girls served include American Indians, Latinas, and Whites. This article provides an overview of the program and its outcomes not only for the participants (girls, teachers, counselors, and schools) but the researchers. Lessons learned from and about the participants are presented, and lessons learned from the process are discussed to illustrate how RGS moved from a focus on individuals to a focus on the school. The initial guiding concepts (self-esteem and scientific pipeline) were replaced by “possible selves” and our proposed complementary concepts: science-affirming and affirming science education.


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