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ERIC Number: ED466633
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-4
Pages: 33
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Talking the Talk: Graduate Women in the Disciplinary Culture of Mathematics.
Herzig, Abbe
This paper uses interviews with six female doctoral students in one mathematics department to look at the opportunities these women had to interact with faculty and to begin to understand the relationships between female doctoral students and faculty as the students learn to become mathematicians. In this department, the student attrition rate is more than 50%. The interviews were open conversations designed to elicit subjective and personal aspects of students experiences. The six women described relationships with their professors that might be characterized as benign neglect, in which there was little interaction in or out of class. The underlying process of these interactions can be conceptualized using the model of legitimate peripheral participation (J. Lave and E. Wenger, 1991), and it also may be regarded within the model of education based on the notion of caring proposed by N. Noddings (1992). The lack of care apparent to these students contributed to the departure from the program of two of the interviewed students, while an overt act of care on the part of a faculty member caused two others who had been thinking of leaving to continue. An appendix contains the interview outlines. (Contains 30 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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