Milagros Sáinz, Sergi Fàbregues (researchers at GenTIC) and Jordi Solé (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) co-author a new article published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. The paper presents a study carried out as part of the ESTEREO project which examined secondary teachers’ and parents’ appraisals of gender gaps in secondary students’ self-assessment of competence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and non-STEM domains.
The researchers conducted eight focus groups with 39 parents and 34 secondary teachers to discuss gender gaps in students’ performance and self-perception of ability in different subject areas, as well as the role played by school, teachers, families, and other socialization agents in reinforcing gender stereotypes about academic competence. This publication presents the results of this qualitative research providing an in-depth analysis of the views of parents and teachers about the gender differences in students’ school achievement and self-perception of ability across subject areas. Also, it explores the differences and similarities between parents’ and teachers’ views, and in what ways do the views of teachers in STEM disciplines differ from those of teachers in non-STEM disciplines.