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27 June 2022
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Due to popular demand, we are pleased to offer a repeat of this session, part of our Physics Education Research Seminar series.  

Monday 27 June 2022 from 1.30 – 3pm 

Do girls like physics? Exploring perceptions of physics amongst parents and carers

Despite girls enjoying and being good at physics, the proportion of girls studying physics and going into physics related careers still lags behind that of boys. A large volume of evidence exists on the factors related to the uptake of girls into physics in schools, but little research looks at the link between parents and their child’s physics uptake. However, studies do show that children’s attitudes towards physics correlate strongly with their parents’ attitudes. This talk draws on findings from a large study of over 2,000 parents in English state secondary schools that were part of the IOP’s Improving Gender Balance project. It will focus on identifying and understanding of the parental attitudes and background characteristics that are linked with choosing physics and suggests ways in which parents/carers, schools and the wider community can support young people to make freer subject choices.

Session led by Dr Jessica Hamer, who works part-time for the Subject choice, attainment and representation in Computing (SCARI computing), King’s College and as an IOP Influencing and Engagement Manager.

This is an online event.

Who is this session suitable for? 

  • Anyone wanting to hear more about current physics education research and implications for physics teaching.
  • Masters’ and EdD or PhD students – current or recently submitted.
  • Teachers who have engaged with action research in their classrooms.
  • University-based colleagues involved in physics education

Have some interesting research to share? 

Please email education-PPG@iop.org if you would like to present at a future session, your research does not need to be complete for us to learn from your approaches.  

Please note: This session will be recorded to allow all members of the PER community to view the seminar if they are unable to attend. Please switch off your camera and microphone on joining if you would prefer.

To book a place, please register below.  The link to join the session will then be emailed to you closer to the date of the session.


  • Available Spaces: 19
  • Contact Details: teachercpd@iop.org

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