Gender & Diversity in the Reshaping of STEM Curricula

Lecture by Nazira Karodia & Natia Sopromadze, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Thursday, January 31, 2019, 4 pm, MZ 003A

Ours has become the age of migration. The European political and cultural landscape is now being reshaped around this issue, reshaped not without violence and intense hostility. As the debate about national identity, or even what is the nation, intensifies, we, as educators, take a position. And the locus of that stance is the curriculum. That is the point of our intervention. Historically, we examined how women were excluded from the science canon. The struggle was not only to include women as developers of scientific knowledge, but we have fought to transform how learning could occur in a less competitive and more collaborative way.

Professor Nazira Karodia and Dr Natia Sopromadze will talk about the University of Wolverhampton’s approach on how an inclusive curriculum may be created and delivered.

Professor Nazira Karodia is Dean of the Faculty of Science & Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton, UK and Professor of Science Education. Nazira’s interests are diverse and include: chemistry teaching and research; sustainability, school-HE transition, student engagement; the promotion of STEM across the education spectrum; and gender in science. She has published widely and supervises research in chemistry and science education.

She is member of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s (RSC) Science, Education and Industry Board, the Outreach Working Group, and the Institute of Physics Schools Outreach Support Advisory Group. She is a Fellow of the RSC and one of its “175 Faces of Chemistry”.

Dr Natia Sopromadze is a Research Assistant in science education at the Faculty of Science & Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. She graduated from the University of Warwick with a PhD in Education and pursued her early career fellowship at the Warwick Institute of Advanced Study. She is interested in how higher education institutions can build inclusive cultures with high levels of student and staff engagement. Her research interests include innovative and creative methodologies that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. She is a member of the Mixed Methods International Research Association and the British Association for International and Comparative Education.

NEWS 31.01.2019