ERIC Number: EJ835855
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 12
Female Mathematicians as Role Models for All Students
Wiest, Lynda R.
Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching, v19 n2 p162-167 2009
Girls' and women's dispositions, performance, and participation in mathematics have received significant attention in recent decades. Nevertheless, females still perform below males on the mathematics portion of standardized tests, such as the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) (Institute of Education Sciences), and they attain fewer mathematics degrees than males at all higher-education levels (Institute of Education Sciences). One way to address these lingering imbalances is to provide female role models in mathematics for both girls "and" boys. In keeping with the Equity Principle promoted by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, it is important for teachers to infuse information about historical and contemporary female mathematicians into mathematics instruction. In this paper, the author shares broad ideas and extensive resources for supporting secondary teachers--as well as college mathematics instructors to a large degree--in this effort. These foundational approaches and resources are intended to serve as a launching point for more specific, teacher-selected and -developed activities.
Descriptors: Role Models, College Mathematics, Females, Standardized Tests, Sex Role, Mathematics Teachers, Sciences, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Teachers, College Faculty
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
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