Share my Day in Tech

In the ‘Share my Day in Tech’ project, 225 pre-service teachers from teacher preparation programmes will participate in a day of work shadowing with 75 female technical professionals. The aim of the project is to give future teachers a broader and more comprehensive picture of technical professions.

In the Netherlands, less girls than boys choose for a technical career. One of the reasons for this is the limited representation of what it means to have a technical profession. Teachers play a crucial role in this. A study performed among 500 elementary school teachers participating in the Talent Viewer project demonstrated that teachers have remarkably gender stereotypical expectations regarding the future of their male and female pupils.

During Share my Day in Tech project, pre-service teachers from teacher preparation programmes visit a technical company, where they meet female professionals who shows them what the company does, and the technical aspects of her work within the company. The pre-service teachers follow her for a day, and get the opportunity to ask her questions about her career choice and profession. Together with her, they make a school assignment, based on a real-life problem or challenge that the female professional encounters in her work. The pre-service teachers then work on this assignment with the pupils of the school where they do their teaching internships. The pre-service teachers are prepared for Share my Day in Tech with a guest lecture and a preparation course.

Share my Day in Tech will take place in the academic year of 2016/2017.