ERIC Number: ED174477
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Nice Girls Don't Study Mathematics: The Perspective from Elementary School.
Boswell, Sally L.
To identify the early precursors of interest or disinterest in mathematics, this study focused on the mathematical attitudes, aptitude, and achievement of males and females in grades 3-6. Some general personality factors which might affect participation were also examined. The results indicate that sex differences in attitudes are evident as early as third grade and that both sexes of elementary school children consider mathematics a male subject. Other conclusions are: (1) attitudes seem to affect students' mathematics achievement scores in elementary school; and (2) a large degree of stereotyping is associated with mathematics and this stereotyping begins very early during development. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Research on Social Problems, Booulder, CO.
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)