In her Keynote address, Network Patron Distinguished Professor Jacquelynne Eccles recapped the highlights of what she and her colleagues have learned about both the Eccles et al. expectancy-value theory of achievement-related choices, and engagement and gendered STEM educational and occupational choices, over the last 40 years.
- critiqued the continuing stereotypical research narratives about female versus male participation in “STEM”, including what should be included in the category of STEM and the extent to which that very definition of STEM shapes the stereotypes we hold about how gendered STEM professions are;
- provided an overview of the shift from EEVT to SEVT (the Eccles et al. Expectancy-Value Theory, to the Situated Expectancy-Value Theory) as it relates to STEM in particular; and
- suggested important next steps for both research and policymaking related to gender and STEM.