New research on the stereotypes formed at a young age, their long-term impacts and what can be done to tackle them successfully
Research just published in the USA reinforces findings from recent UK studies about who children meet in their day to day lives and the impact this has on their aspirations, future study paths, and long-term career choices.
The University of Houston study finds that children from the age of six often rule out options for themselves because of the ingrained stereotypical views they have about the jobs people do based on their gender, ethnicity and socio-economic backgrounds. These aspirations are often based on their family’s experiences and the people in their immediate surroundings.
New research from the UK shows that once established at a young age this mindset is difficult to change later and influences the subjects they study and the career paths they take as adults.
This blog explores the research and considers what more can be done to tackle the issue and better support existing schools’ outreach and widening participation programmes.
Read the rest of the article and research findings here