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MiT – Girls in engineering


A two-year vocational guidance project for elementary school teachers in Linz

Implementing organization

JKU Linz - Department for Human Resource Development, Gender and Diversity Management /


Dr. Margit Waid, margit.waid@jku.at

Mag. Sandra Nuspl, MBA, sandra.nuspl@jku.at


Project run by Johannes Kepler University Linz, June 2011 - July 2013

Relation to gender equality targets

Development Plan 2013-2018: Long term thinking is required if women are to be inspired to consider careers in science and technology. By actively engaging the professional profile of male and female academics across the entire course of education, gender-specific awareness in particular is to be expanded further. In order to draw attention to science from an early age, measures related to the transfer of knowledge focusing on children of various ages, have been designed and implemented in cooperation with external organizations more extensively since 2009.

The objective(s) of the tool

Expansion of job perspectives for girls of primary-school age; enhancing self-confidence and promoting positive self-assessment of girls’ technical skills

Description of the tool

Inspiring and preparing girls and boys – in a targeted manner and already at an early stage – for a life with science, technology and research characterized by equality, requires initiatives such as “MiT”. By training teachers and sensitizing them to the issue, contents and goals can be skillfully implemented and communicated in schools. During the course of the project, the following measure were realized: creating role-awareness and role-understanding amongst teachers, providing them with tools to structure teaching gender-consciously, acquainting them with practical “tools of the trade” for teaching technical and scientific content in the basic science courses taught in elementary school, integrating existing resources and teaching materials, such as the TechnikBox ((www.technikbox.at). The TechnikBox contains the necessary materials for more than 100 visually appealing work incentives and ideas for experiments, covering contents of all four levels of primary school and conforming to the Austrian curriculum), connecting with other projects.

How the tool works, practical experience

Teachers received valuable impulses and suggestions for their current and future teaching work from the events and workshops organized within the framework, helping them to expand their awareness of role stereotypes and clichés. Many positive developments could be observed in the participating school classes, especially among the girls. Full of interest and motivation, the girls began working increasingly independently, demanding that gender-neutral language be used and that scientific and technical content be incorporated in the classroom. A joint event with the participating teachers and their school classes at the Johannes Kepler University represented the fitting finale for the project.


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