Oct 03

Girls love physics

  …. so why don’t they study it?


Nearly half of all state schools in England do not send any girls on to study A-level physics, research by the Institute of Physics (IOP) has found. The IOP study indicates that the situation is likely to be similar in schools across the UK.

Girls were two-and-a-half times more likely to go on to study A-level physics if they came from a girls’ school. The same is not true of other science subjects, suggesting that physics is uniquely stereotyped in many mixed schools as a boys’ subject.

Prof Athene Donald, a physicist and gender equality champion at the University of Cambridge feels a lack of role models is partly to blame. “These figures are eye-wateringly bad and it is extremely depressing to see how many schools fail to excite girls’ appetite for physics.

“From the statistics alone it is impossible to tell whether this is due to factors within the school, peer pressures and cultural cues, lack of role models or a genuine lack of interest in the subject.

“That girls from single sex girls’ schools don’t seem to lack interest in physics, however, suggests it is not the last of these.”

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Source: BBC news






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