ERIC Number: ED265071
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Fostering Sex Equity in Math.
Moody, Charles D.; Linn, Eleanor
Title IX Line, v6 n1 Win 1986
The role of mathematics as a critical determiner of employment is noted, and the "significant absence of women and minority students in mathematics classes" is given attention. The need to gain competence in mathematics skills and confidence in mathematical abilities calls for programs to increase student participation, motivation, and achievement. A form for collecting information on school mathematics enrollment is given, followed by a form to aid in advising students on mathematics course selection. Then research related to girls and mathematics is summarized, categorized by the three domains of socialization--perceptual, physical, and social--with special attention to peer group factors, family factors, the usefulness of mathematics, and attributional style. Suggestions for marketing mathematics courses with equity in mind are discussed, with comments on the key to marketing, price, and place. Instructional strategies for fostering girls in mathematics are presented, focusing on awareness activities, instructional climate, curriculum content, and the usefulness of mathematics role models. Ways to establish support groups for girls in mathematics, science, and computers are then listed. Finally, a checklist to assist school districts in assessing mathematics and science enrollment in terms of gender fairness is included. Recommended resources are also given. (MNS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Center for Sex Equity in Schools.