ERIC Number: ED197567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Math for Gifted Girls.
The Pacific Science Center developed a program to prevent mathematics avoidance in gifted females in fifth through seventh grade by increasing gifted girls' confidence in their ability to do mathematics and by increasing their mathematics ability. The Math for Gifted Girls curriculum included four general themes: innovative review of topics in mathematics known to present difficulties in early adolescence, such as fractions and percents; inclusion of topics not in regular mathematics curriculum, such as computer programing; a focus on spatial activities, such as improving one's ability to visualize three dimensional objects; and a focus on career awareness through the use of role models as well as discussion of the relation of mathematics to a variety of careers. Two components of the curriculum were an emphasis on problem solving and a sequence of activities from concrete to symbolic. Among findings from preliminary program evaluation were that there was little overall increase in girls' confidence, and much variation in response; that the strand on computers was the students' favorite and the strand on visualizing fractions was most useful; and all students agreed they had missed too much school and had too much homework to make up. (SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Northwest Area Foundation, St. Paul, Minn.; Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle.
Note: Paper presented to Washington Educational Research Association/Northwest Gifted Child Association (April, 1980).