id: 05760114
dt: j
an: 2011a.00280
au: Wiest, Lynda; Johnson, Shanna
ti: Providing female role models in mathematics and computer science.
so: Aust. Prim. Math. Classr. 10, No. 1, 12-17 (2005).
py: 2005
pu: Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT), Adelaide, SA
la: EN
cc: C62 C63
ut: role models; females; mathematics achievement; teacher role; sex role;
computer science; classroom environment; males; gender differences;
biographies; college admission
ci:
li: http://www.aamt.edu.au/Professional-learning/Journals/Journals-Index/Australian-Primary-Mathematics-Classroom2/APMC-10-1-12
ab: Summary: Girls take as many mathematics courses as boys do in high school.
However, they show lower achievement in mathematics and are less likely
to pursue mathematics-related fields. Women’s interest and
participation in computer science fields is also a concern. Moreover,
women in these occupations are more likely than men to use computers
for clerical and data-entry work. Researchers and educators mainly
attribute females’ lower performance and participation in mathematics
and computer science to females’ attitudes and beliefs about these
fields, including their perceptions of how gender-appropriate
mathematics and computer science are for them as females. Females may
believe, for example, that males are naturally more mathematically and
technologically inclined. One way teachers can help dispel such myths
is by introducing students to historic and contemporary role models in
mathematics and computer science. It is important for boys to be
exposed to females in these fields, too, so that they perceive these
disciplines as appropriate for females. This impacts the nature of the
classroom climate in terms of how boys interact with girls, as well as
ideas boys project beyond the classroom. Further, it is important that
both girls and boys believe that all occupations are available to and
appropriate for all people. In this article, the authors explore
resources and strategies for providing positive female role models in
mathematics and computer science. They share selected annotated
resources that teachers may consult to infuse information about women
in mathematics (and to a lesser degree, technology) into their
classroom instruction. (Contains 18 resources.) (ERIC)
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