Women in Science
Women have encountered various obstacles in the fields of science through the years.
This lesson features a study of various women (past and present) and the ways in which these women have
overcome the obstacles presented to them because of their sex or ethnicity.
- To compare the obstacles faced by women throughout the world
- To appreciate the manner in which these women have overcome various obstacles.
- To communicate with a real female scientist.
- cultural understanding
- scientific inquiry
- history of women in science
Students gather ask-an-expert sites, propose leading questions and organize their own
engaged learning activity. Use the following site as an example of this successful lesson:
Adapt your own lesson plan from our completed project:
- We gathered for lunch time discussions and began the study of the topic. The students decided on the which topic to pursue.
- They gathered possible questions and web sites (see site above for possible questions). From the gathered questions, the individual groups decided on a focus and developed their project.
- The project lasted 5 weeks; The student decision making was the most marvelous process I've ever engaged in. The research was authentic and student directed.
- Successful female scientists were very kind about responding to the girls. It was a marvelous time of students being responsible for their own learning.
The students presented their web pages in a whole group gathering and were evaluated using a student designed rubric.
Lesson Plan Source
Submitted by Sr. Maureen Fallon, [email protected]
Notre Dame High School for Girls, Chicago, IL, USA
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