Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Female Math Stereotypes

This article is more than a year old, nothing new, but here is some research to back up what many of us who teach math have long known. Teaching math is different than teaching other subjects. One has to really love it and have a deep understanding and appreciation for the subject in order to be effective in the classroom. 

Believing Stereotype Undermines Girls' Math Performance: Elementary School Women Teachers Transfer Their Fear of Doing Math to Girls, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (Jan. 26, 2010) — Female elementary school teachers who are anxious about math pass on to female students the stereotype that boys, not girls, are good at math. Girls who endorse this belief then do worse at math, research at the University of Chicago shows.

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