ERIC Number: ED331708
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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The Effects of Female Mathematician Role Models on Eighth- and Ninth-Grade First-Year Algebra Students.
O'Brien, Judith A.; Tracy, Dyanne M.
In the United States female and male students supposedly have the same educational opportunities. Females continue to score below male students on the mathematics portions of standardized tests and less frequently choose mathematics-oriented careers. In this experimental study (n=95), 47 first-year algebra students participated in a month-long Specialized Supplementary Curriculum Component (SSCC). The SSCC included exposure to three female speakers who used mathematics in their careers and four lectures with follow-up activities about historical female mathematicians. Data for the control group (n=48) and the experimental group (n=47) were analyzed using one-tailed t-tests. Results indicated that students' attitudes toward careers in mathematics and the personal importance of mathematics were significantly improved. Students' attitudes also reflected less stereotyping of mathematics as a male domain. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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