Week 3 Discussion 1

Prior to beginning work on this discussion, review the following Required Resources:

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Choose one of the following two options to address in this discussion. Be sure that your initial post meets the full length requirement of 300 words, and that you incorporate at least two of this week’s required resources in your post, one of which should be the textbook. Include citations and a full reference to your chosen sources. (See the Required Resources page for all references in APA format).


Option 1: Read What We Learn From 50 Years of Kids Drawing Scientists (Links to an external site.) and Understanding Why Girls Underperform at Science (Links to an external site.).

  • When you picture a scientist, what does that person look like?
  • When you were a child, how did you picture scientists?
  • What role does gender stereotyping play in the tendency for girls to grow up to be scientists?
  • How does this vary around the world?
  • What kind of cultural messages do we send to children by the way different professions are portrayed in the media, books, movies, and television?
  • How can we help all children overcome stereotypes that may influence their educational performance?

Option 2: Read Scientists Can Now Figure Out Detailed, Accurate Neighborhood Demographics Using Google Street View Photos (Links to an external site.) and A Map of Whole Foods vs. Wal-Mart in the Bay Area (Links to an external site.). Using Instant Street View (Links to an external site.), enter your own neighborhood or zip code (or choose another place you’ve lived or visited that you would like to explore). In your post, identify the area you are exploring. Review your surroundings as though you were an anthropologist. Include screenshots if you would like to do so.

  • What can you tell about the area? Is it urban, suburban, or rural?
  • What kind of buildings are there?
    • Do the buildings look like single family houses or apartments?
    • How many stories are they?
    • How much space is there between buildings?
    • Are there yards and gardens? If so, what is in those yards and gardens?
  • What kind of vehicles do you see in this neighborhood?
  • What is the likely socioeconomic status of the people who live there, based on the buildings, vehicles, and yards?
  • What do you think the everyday lives are like for the people who live there?
  • Do your observations fit with your knowledge of what this area is like? How do your observations fit with the two articles you read?
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