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ERIC Number: ED107535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Mathematics and Sex.
Ernest, John; And Others
This report is the result of a survey of several populations exploring the extent and nature of sex bias in the field of mathematics. Students in grades 2-12, college students concentrating in mathematics, teacher preparation, and other subjects, as well as practicing female mathematicians participated in the survey. Data were analyzed to determine sex differences and apparent trends. Many of the findings replicate or extend those of other studies, some of which are cited in the report (e.g., Carnegie Commission Report on Opportunities for Women in Mathematics). An unexpected result is the apparent agreement between sexes concerning liking for mathematics; this agreement is shown to persist throughout the populations considered. The authors cite testimony from other studies and from women mathematicians concerning the issues involved in motivating women to study mathematics. They conclude that recruitment of women into mathematics courses, especially at the college level, is mandatory. (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Santa Barbara. Dept. of Mathematics.