Gifted Women Who Underachieve: A Study of Mathematics and Gender

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jane Craft Hudgins (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Svi Shapiro

Abstract: This investigates the underachievement of gifted women in mathematics. Chapter one looks at the sources of societal negative attitudes toward mathematics, why we study mathematics and reasons mathematics is hard to learn. Chapter two looks at obstacles women face in learning mathematics: historical obstacles, socialization obstacles, adolescent development obstacles and psychological obstacles. Chapter three is reflections of the author's teaching career and reflections of conversations with gifted women who underachieve in mathematics. Chapter four presents classroom practices to help alleviate women's problems with mathematics.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2007
underachievement, gifted women, mathematics education, societal attitudes, classroom practices , women in mathematics, obstacles to learning