Science & Education

, Volume 17, Issue 10, pp 1111–1125

Gender and physics: feminist philosophy and science education

Preclinical Study

DOI: 10.1007/s11191-006-9065-3

Cite this article as:
Rolin, K. Sci & Educ (2008) 17: 1111. doi:10.1007/s11191-006-9065-3


Physics education reform movements should pay attention to feminist analyses of gender in the culture of physics for two reasons. One reason is that feminist analyses contribute to an understanding of a ‘chilly climate’ women encounter in many physics university departments. Another reason is that feminist analyses reveal that certain styles of doing science are predominant in the culture of physics. I introduce recent philosophical work in social epistemology to argue that the predominance of certain styles of doing science is not good for science. Scientific communities would benefit from greater diversity in styles of doing science.


Gender in scienceWomen in sciencePhysics educationChilly climateSocial epistemology

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyHelsinki School of EconomicsHelsinkiFinland