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ERIC Number: ED400170
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Genders, Mathematics, and Feminisms.
Damarin, Suzanne
Historical studies reveal that mathematics has been claimed as a private domain by men, while studies of the popular press document that women and girls are considered incompetent in that field. The study of gender and mathematics as viewed through feminism can create a new reading which exposes hidden assumptions, unwarranted conclusions, and questionable practices. Today efforts are underway to entice young women to study mathematics and to convince them that the discipline is not restricted to males. It may be more appropriate, however, to acknowledge reality and work to change it. Consciousness-raising could be invoked to help young women see how the media and traditions have helped promote the separation of women from mathematics. Mathematics education research must abandon the search for single solutions to complex multidimensional problems. The study of gender and mathematics can offer much information regarding the working and functions of sex and gender in society. Combining feminism with the knowledge created in two decades of mathematics education research into questions of sex differences and gender equity may yield many insights and new directions for educational research and change. (AIM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A