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Are Boys Better At Math Than Girls?

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Introduction

Are Boys Better At Math Than Girls? It seems that for decades there have been an endless debate as to whether or not the male species is superior to the female species. This ongoing debate is better known to the public society as the "battle of the sexes." Further investigated, this debate can focus on the many differences found amongst men and women. The constant competition between men and women has been continually evolving as society becomes more curious as to the relevant differences amongst men and women. One particular difference that has had society puzzled for many years is the fact that men and women differ highly in the subject area of mathematics. This debate is a classic example of nature versus nurture due to the fact that it has been difficult for researchers to determine the actual cause for differentiation in an individual's mathematical ability. There are many issues that affect mathematical ability directionally and in directionally. Addressing the many trends and factors of gender differences in mathematical ability between boys and girls is an issue, in particular, that needs to be recognized. Along with the many trends contributing to gender and mathematical differences, issues of, where the trends come from arise, and the factors that influence these trends play an important key role. At one end of the typical nature versus debate, Jim Duffy et al. ...read more.

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299) which is also a contributing factor to the question of women's subordinate rank in mathematical related vocations. "Girls hold more stereotypical views of mathematical as being a male domain" as presented by Hyde et al. (1990), and "these stereotyped views deter them from pursuing courses or careers" (p.310). During an individual's years and time as a student, he or she is often tested on several occasions in many different subject areas' specific maths. A required amount of studying prefaces these tests in order to achieve complete mathematical academic success. It is the study time that will either make or break a student's academic achievement or especially mathematical grades. Study habits do vary amongst individuals; some individuals need a great deal of study time while other individuals need very little study time. The greatest difference of "self-regulated learning (SRL) can be seen between female and male individuals as girls have lower preferences for challenge, more frequent failure attributions to ability, and greater debilitations when they experience failure" (Ablard et al., 1997, p.188). Stated into simpler terms, Ablard (1997) was interpreting that girls are more likely than boys to have a goal or ambition. According to Mercier et al. (1983), "improving academic grades may require a more sophisticated strategy than merely increasing study time" (p.77) Increasing study time does not necessarily contribute to a student scoring higher on a mathematical test, it is one of many other factors that contribute to a student's mathematical academic success or a student's mathematical academic failure. ...read more.

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little as mathematical ability can help to determine gender than obviously entities such as clothing, extra curricular activities, language and even career choices help in establishing, per say, a child's gender. To satisfy the issue addressed in this paper, and as to the extent to which gender role socialization is evident in the mathematical ability and both male and female subjects are dependent on many things, particularly the fact that individuals are socialized to have certain beliefs while growing up. The Feminist Theory applies to this question because feminist believes that traditional socialisation of women has played a major role in how women view themselves and how women participate in society. This statement clearly identifies that male and females are socialized considerably by different fashions in today's society. Feminists have a strong belief that men and women are equal and these facts about the Feminist Theory have cause stereotypical child rearing patterns in today's society to decrease tremendously leaving individuals to choose for themselves their own personal beliefs, attitudes and behaviours. As the year 2000 is fully underway and the new millennium commences, it is time that parents stop providing their children with stereotypical attitudes toward the many gender roles of a society. Instead of enforcing covert stereotypical attitudes, particularly the ones that relate to male and female individuals regarding mathematical ability, parents should be educating their children with a better sense of value, the true meaning of respect and the significance that good morals have on an individual. ...read more.

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