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  • Disrupting Racism: Giving Black Girls a Chance to say “I am a Mathematician” The Voice of Peshine1 “Um I have really good ears so like even when I am in the car and like the radio is really loud I can hear it. Really good ears, I have really good senses. And I think I am kind of smart and I do really good on my tests in math and stuff.” “I don't know it's like some people they are born knowing how to draw, they are born knowing how to dance, how to sing, I am just born knowing how to, I just I was born smart like I don't know.” “Math, I've never really had a problem. Like I am really good at math. Like all ...
    Posted Jun 16, 2016, 3:10 PM by Furthering Girls' Math Identity
  • The Importance of Teaching Young Women to Take on Challenges in Math and Science Decades of research demonstrate a persistent gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) college majors and careers. Many in the research community have argued that students’ beliefs are an important determinant in persistence in these fields, above and beyond math and science ability or achievement in school. Researchers from Florida State University recently published a study in Frontiers in Psychology, which explored the relation between high school students’ beliefs about math and their persistence in postsecondary STEM fields. Using data from a nationally representative survey (the Education Longitudinal Study), Nix and colleagues followed 4,450 students from 10th grade to two years after high school graduation and examined the interplay between gender, perceptions of ability to succeed under ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2016, 8:53 AM by Furthering Girls' Math Identity
  • How Many Different Barbies? How Many Different Girls? How Many Different Girls in Mathematics? It’s not often that a child’s toy becomes a cover story but that’s exactly what Barbie did on February 8, 2016 (see “A Barbie for Every Body,” Time). The cover story reported how Mattel, the toy giant, finally decided that the 57-year old icon just might need to become somewhat representative of the body shapes of human women (see “What would a Real Life Barbie Look Like,” BBC News Magazine). The news that Barbie would be available in four “body types”—curvy, tall, petite, and “original”—was not only a Time cover story but also a topic of discussion of nearly every media outlet: radio and television news and talk shows, conventional and avant-garde news ...
    Posted Jun 14, 2016, 12:06 PM by Furthering Girls' Math Identity
  • Girls’ Math Identity: Increasing Participation by Changing Definitions Students’ math identities have a lot to do with whether they see themselves as capable of mathematics and whether they find math valuable. For the most part, math identity develops in the math classroom, through experiences of doing and learning math. This means that we have an important leverage point for shaping girls’ math identities.What does it mean to be smart at math?This is a question I have posed to dozens of students, teachers and parents over the past decade. The responses are generally predictable. It is someone whoknows his or her math facts gets the right answerjust "gets it"is fast at figuring things out.Taken together, the answer is essentially someone who can find ...
    Posted Jun 14, 2016, 12:08 PM by Furthering Girls' Math Identity
  • Developing Girls’ Mathematics Identity through Teacher Education A disturbing trend has developed showing that decreasing numbers of girls and women are majoring and entering careers in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (STEM-CS). Some of this decline is attributed to how math is taught in schools. If students do not find math interesting, if the teaching of math is described as boring or not fun, and if students do not see the relevancy or application of math in their personal lives, then students and girls particularly are not going to be interested in or pursue careers in mathematics or any of the other STEM-CS fields. Since math and science both suffer from teacher and student low self-efficacy, it is extremely important to make ...
    Posted Jun 14, 2016, 12:10 PM by Furthering Girls' Math Identity
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