Little girls may learn to fear math from the women who are their earliest teachers.Makes sense to me. My local elementary school only hires female teachers, and only the sort who hate math.
Despite gains in recent years, women still trail men in some areas of math achievement, and the question of why has provoked controversy. Now, a study of first- and second-graders suggests what may be part of the answer: Female elementary school teachers who are concerned about their own math skills could be passing that along to the little girls they teach.
Young students tend to model themselves after adults of the same sex, and having a female teacher who is anxious about math may reinforce the stereotype that boys are better at math than girls, explained Sian L. Beilock, an associate professor in psychology at the University of Chicago.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Girls may learn math anxiety from female teachers