ERIC Number: ED218114
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
The Math and Science Education of Women and Minorities: The California Perspective.
This report describes the multifaceted Math/Science Education Program for Women at the Lawrence Hall of Science aimed at attracting and retaining women and minorities in math and science. The inservice teacher education program (EQUALS) focuses on methods/materials to attract women and minority students in mathematics. Evaluation of the program indicates an increase in the number of women in advanced math classes and all students of EQUALS teachers improving attitudes toward the study of math and an increasing interest in learning more about math-related careers. Students of SPACES (Solving Problems of Access to Careers in Engineering and Science), consisting of 34 classroom activities, showed significant increases in knowledge of and interest in scientific careers and in spatial visualization and problem-solving skills in math. MATH FOR GIRLS (ages 6-12) involves hands-on experiences in logical thinking and problem-solving skills in mathematics; enrollment of females in all Lawrence Hall classes has increased 13 percent over a 7-year period. FAMILY MATH focuses on improving the skills of minority parents to enable them to help their children improve performance. Also described are activities of the MATH/SCIENCE NETWORK, an association of scientists, engineers, educators, and parents working to promote participation of women in math and science. (JN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Third Annual AERA Northern California Regional Conference, University of California, Davis, CA, May 1, 1982.