
06514407
j
2016a.00263
Amador, Julie M.
Soule, Terence
Girls build excitement for math from scratch.
Math. Teach. Middle Sch. 20, No. 7, 408415 (2015).
2015
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Reston, VA
EN
D30
D40
P50
M50
female students
activities
digital literacy
mathematical fluency
skills
teaching methods
integrated curriculum
student projects
motivation
use of technology
computer coding
integrated curriculum
http://www.nctm.org/Publications/mathematicsteachinginmiddleschool/2015/Vol20/Issue7/GirlsBuildExcitementforMathfromScratch/
Summary: By 2020, five of the top ten indemand 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 computercoding unit, specifically for girls in grades 68, 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. (ERIC)