Girls may learn math anxiety from female teachers -

Girls may learn math anxiety from female teachers

Teachers uncomfortable with math pass it on to female students: study


Psychologists are suggesting that young girls may learn to fear math from their earliest female teachers. The U.S. study, published Tuesday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that over the course of a school year, the more anxious teachers are about their own math skills, the more likely their female students were to agree that, “boys are good at math and girls are good at reading.” Ninety per cent of U.S. elementary school teachers are female, as were all the teachers in the study. “If the next generation of teachers is going to teach their students effectively, more care needs to be taken to develop both strong math skills and positive math attitudes in these educators,” the researchers wrote.

CBC News

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Girls may learn math anxiety from female teachers

  1. Duh. Kids see their female teacher express anxiety towards math, kids are asked about math and girls, kids remember their anxious teacher is a girl.

    Who pays people for studies like this?

  2. a bigger news story is that 90% of US elementary school teachers are women …i can see how men wouldn't want the racket of the small kids but stil they should try to get that number more balanced

  3. It is not that men do not want a "racket", but that there is often a stigma attached to male elementary school teachers.

    For some reason, it is often supposed that they are some sort of sex offender. Also, because primary school teaching was such a popular profession for women historically, it has been entrenched as a female profession, like nursing.