ERIC Number: ED456576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
What Parents Need To Know about...Encouraging Talented Girls in Mathematics. Practitioners' Guide A0021.
Gavin, M. Katherine
This pamphlet discusses the influence parents have on the attitudes of their daughters toward mathematics and ways parents can nurture math talent. Recommendations for parents include: (1) at-home activities that involve hands-on problem solving, such as blocks and tinker toys; (2) engage in daily math routines such as determining the appropriate tip to leave at a restaurant or determining unit prices for items at the grocery store; (3) visit museums of science where she can explore the contributions mathematics has made to scientific discovery; (4) collaborate with teachers in flexible and creative ways to make sure students are challenged and energized in mathematics; (5) encourage participation in math clubs and competitions; (6) explore varied careers in mathematical fields; and (7) provide female role models. A list of research facts is provided that indicate parents of females are more likely to report that mathematics is less important than other subjects and more difficult for females, girls do not come to the mathematics classroom with the same experiences as boys, there is a gender gap on standardized test results, and there is a new gender gap in technology. (Contains 29 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Environment, Family Influence, Females, Gifted, Mathematics, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Instruction, Parent Attitudes, Parent Student Relationship, Sex Bias, Teaching Methods
National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, University of Connecticut, 2131 Hillside Rd., Unit 3007, Storrs, CT 06269-3007. Tel: 860-486-4676; Fax: 860-486-2900; Web sites: http://www.gifted.uconn.edu/nrgt.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, Storrs, CT.