id: 06514407
dt: j
an: 2016a.00263
au: Amador, Julie M.; Soule, Terence
ti: Girls build excitement for math from scratch.
so: Math. Teach. Middle Sch. 20, No. 7, 408-415 (2015).
py: 2015
pu: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Reston, VA
la: EN
cc: D30 D40 P50 M50
ut: female students; activities; digital literacy; mathematical fluency;
skills; teaching methods; integrated curriculum; student projects;
motivation; use of technology; computer coding; integrated curriculum
ci:
li: http://www.nctm.org/Publications/mathematics-teaching-in-middle-school/2015/Vol20/Issue7/Girls-Build-Excitement-for-Math-from-Scratch/
ab: Summary: By 2020, five of the top ten in-demand jobs in the United States
will be in information technology. Companies across the nation are
seeking a new type of employee: one who is computer savvy and who is
familiar with computer coding, data, mathematics, and augmented
reality. Recent reports indicate that, although students are initially
interested in jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
fields, positive attitudes toward mathematics drastically decline
between seventh grade and tenth grade, and interest in careers
involving mathematics decrease as well. Findings indicate that girls’
attitudes diminished at a far more substantial rate than that of boys,
highlighting the need to focus on girls and STEM disciplines. As a
result, the authors designed and implemented a computer-coding unit,
specifically for girls in grades 6‒8, focused on increasing their
technological and mathematical understanding. This article describes
their approach and provides directions for integrating technology with
mathematics as students learn to create virtual games and programs.
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