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Title: Closing the gender-gap in mathematics: Some insights for educators
Authors: Tan, Ai-Girl
Issue Date: 1996
Citation: Tan, A. G. (1996). Closing the gender-gap in mathematics: Some insights for educators. The Mathematics Educator, 1(2), 181-191.
Abstract: Gender-differences in mathematical tests seem to exist. While girls often do well in classroom tests, boys outperform them in standardised tests. Educators attempt to understand such differences from a social and cultural perspective. Gender is a social concept. Gender-identity and gender-roles are developed during the socialization process. If parents and educators provide a gender-free learning environment, it is believed that both boys and girls can do well in mathematics. It is undeniable that males and females are to a certain extent biologically different. Educators should pay intensive attention to the social and economic factors that shape a person's self-beliefs and social perception. Discussion of ways to narrow the gender-gap in mathematics is presented.
ISSN: 0218-9100
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