Tala Ko

Why girls avoid science and math

Posted on: Wednesday, 10 September 2008

So, society – specifically, a perceived lack of support from parents and teachers – is to blame. That doesn’t surprise me, but the study and its results do add fuel to the fire.
clipped from www.sciencedaily.com
New research by a team that includes vocational psychologists at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) indicates that the self-confidence instilled by parents and teachers is more important for young girls learning math and science than their initial interest.
more attention should be given to building confidence in their abilities early in their education
Many young students, particularly girls, see math and science as difficult, and don’t take any more classes than they have to, not realizing they are cutting themselves off from lucrative opportunities in college and careers.
Both boys and girls perceived that teachers thought boys were stronger at math and science. For boys this represented a support, while for girls it acted as a barrier.
it’s perception, more than reality, that affects the person’s academic and career choice
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