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The effectiveness of a one-year online mentoring program for girls in STEM

, University of Regensburg, Germany ; , Key Laboratory of Behavioral Science, China ; , , University of Regensburg, Germany ; , University of Erlangen-Nurenberg, Germany

Computers & Education Volume 69, Number 1, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Although the performance of girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is continually improving and is no longer below that of boys in most domains, girls' interests in STEM and participation rates are still too low. Online mentoring may help ameliorate this situation. To test this assumption, a one-year personal mentoring program for eleven to eighteen-year-old female college-preparatory students was evaluated. Mentee and mentor communicate with one another and with other program participants via email, online chat, and forums. To measure program effectiveness, we randomly assigned participants (N = 312) to either a treatment group (N = 208) or a waiting-list control group (N = 104). We collected questionnaire data at three points in time. In comparison to the waiting-list group, the treatment-group participants showed greater levels of desirable short-term and long-term developments. Our findings indicate various advantages for online mentoring for promoting girls' interests in STEM.


Stoeger, H., Duan, X., Schirner, S., Greindl, T. & Ziegler, A. (2013). The effectiveness of a one-year online mentoring program for girls in STEM. Computers & Education, 69(1), 408-418. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved July 24, 2019 from .

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