Dream Gap Measurement Tool

Project Details

The AERC has been contracted by Mattel to explore the feasibility of developing a measurement tool for monitoring the development of STEM identity in children aged 4 – 6 years old. The tool will define and conceptualise the stages of development of a positive STEM identity in the development of children aged 4 to 6, including with specific attention paid to how this development interacts with and may be limited by perceptions of gender and cultural identity.   The expectation is that the measurement tool could be used in the future to study cultural and gender influences in development of STEM identity, and track changes in STEM identity over time. The measurement tool would support the intention of Mattel’s Dream Gap initiative to provide tools that promote empowerment and gender parity.