As a student in ACEL’s Agricultural Communication Theory and Practice course during the spring of 2020, I had the opportunity to select a current issue of interest and from there look at the communication dilemmas surrounding the issue and suggest various communication theories to address the said problem.
Gender equality is an ongoing concern worldwide and specifically in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Because sociocultural stereotypes associate STEM with males, the perception acts as a barrier preventing females from developing and pursuing an interest in STEM.
Researchers refer to social learning theory as being “useful not only for understanding how we interact with persons and realize our identity, but it is also useful in understanding how the media impact us in ways we might not intend.
How does social cognitive theory relate to gender disparity in STEM?
ACEL 8100 – Agricultural Communication Theory and Practice is an introductory graduate communication course aimed at familiarizing students with the field of agricultural communication and mass communication theory. It is taught by Dr. Emily Buck.