
06479482
j
2015f.00137
Whiteley, Walter
Differential interest of women among areas of mathematics and statistics.
Philos. Math. Educ. J. 28, 8 p., electronic only (2014).
2014
Professor Paul Ernest, University of Exeter, Graduate School of Education, Exeter
EN
C25
A45
C65
women and mathematics
academic careers
choices
motivation
pure mathematics
female mathematicians
higher education
universities
difference between subfields of mathematical sciences
female labor force participation
research
discrimination
gender differences
http://people.exeter.ac.uk/PErnest/pome28/Whiteley%20%20Differential%20Interest%20of%20Women%20in%20Mathematics%20and%20Statistics.docx
Summary: Reflecting on the differential participation of women in diverse areas of mathematics and statistics, including mathematics education, we propose that one key difference is how the subfields respond to students' motivation to make a difference to people in the world. Although significant data suggests that women are major participants in some areas of the mathematical sciences, concerns continue to be expressed that women are not generally participating in the mathematical sciences, sometimes drawing on myths or local cultural artifacts in the data. There is room for change  and there are reasons to celebrate.