For the second time, CERN’s Diversity Office facilitated a working group on gender inclusive teaching as part of their High School Teacher Programme.
The CERN High School Teacher Programme is a three week residential programme for teachers around the world to improve and update their knowledge of particle physics, associated technologies and subjects. The goal is for the teachers to take home their newly acquired knowledge to include it in their teaching curriculum.
After a pilot working group during last year’s programme entitled “girls in the physics classroom”, the Diversity Office built on the positive feedback and invited Isabelle Collet, a researcher at the University of Geneva who studies gender in STEM education, to support this year’s work group.
The participants of the working group had a great cultural diversity, with teachers from Thailand, Pakistan, South Africa, Cameroon, the UK and the Czech Republic, which guaranteed interesting discussions on the very specific and varying challenges each of their classrooms face when it comes to gender stereotypes and engaging girls in physics.