Teachers Underestimate Girls' Math Abilities, Report Suggests

  • Nov 1, 2016

    Teachers Underestimate Girls' Math Abilities, Report Suggests

    Education Week

    What is keeping girls from pursuing opportunities and careers in math? Certain barriers could be perpetuated by their teachers, a new study suggests.

    Starting as early as kindergarten, teachers perceive boys' math ability as higher than girls', regardless of the students' learning styles and levels of achievement, according to researchers from New York University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and West Chester University in a study published last week in AERA Open. This perception at such an early age could affect girls' confidence and aptitude for math and prevent them from pursuing future STEM opportunities, the researchers wrote.

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