Physics Education workshops at ICWIP2021: discussions and recommendations

Jacinta den Besten, Elizabeth Angstmann, Tetyana Antimirova, Gillian Butcher, Kate Jackson, Yvonne Kavanagh, Ana Lopez, Stephanie Mayes, Deena Naidoo, Maria Parappilly, Manjula Sharma, Gráinne Walshe, Pornrat Wattanakasiwich

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Many girls are choosing to opt out of physics studies and related careers before they reach university. Many of those who begin in undergraduate physics do not persist. Education is a powerful way to address this issue. This was the focus of the education workshop at the International Conference on Women in Physics 2021 (ICWIP2021). This article describes the discussions that took place during the workshop and the conclusions we drew. It is time to carefully consider what we teach and how we teach it. Humanising the curriculum to make it relevant to students and teaching in a way that motivates and engages all students with class discussions and hands-on experiences, showing the diversity of people working in physics and explicitly addressing ‘imposter syndrome’ is beneficial for all students but especially girls.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-28
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022


  • Physics
  • Education
  • women


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