ERIC Number: ED121663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Mathematics Filter and the Education of Women and Minorities.
Sells, Lucy W.
Level of high school mathematics achievement acts as a critical filter to eligibility for undergraduate admission of minorities, particularly blacks, and effectively limits their opportunities in the world of work. Level of high school mathematics achievement acts, also, as a critical filter in keeping women from free choice of an undergraduate major and, thus, effectively limits their opportunities in the world of work as well. A questionnaire survey, based on information presented in a 1973 study of San Francisco high school students and on the 1965 Coleman Report on 12-grade median achievement in mathematics nationwide, was presented to social science students at the University of California in 1973 to determine the specifics of their mathematical background. Dissemination of factual information on mathematics background to students, parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators should help overcome sex and ethnic differences by calling attention to the problem and implications of lower mathematics achievement among women and minority groups. The data provide an opportunity for a value-free consideration of what happens differently at home, among peers, and in the classroom to produce observable behavior differences. The data provide, also, an opportunity for all of us to contribute solutions to the problem, regardless of sex, ethnicity, or role and status in the educational, economic, or political system. (Author/DDB)
Descriptors: Achievement Rating, College Entrance Examinations, Cultural Influences, Educational Opportunities, Equal Education, Ethnic Status, Higher Education, Mathematical Experience, Mathematics Education, Minority Groups, Nondiscriminatory Education, Secondary Education, Secondary School Mathematics, Sex Differences, Womens Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Boston, Massachusetts, February 18-24, 1976)