Gender inequality in education and its effect on development : [an honors thesis (HONRS 499)]

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dc.contributor.advisor King, Beverly R. en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Leganza, Krystina K. Hampton, Heather R. en_US Laas, Dana S. 2011-06-06T18:56:50Z 2011-06-06T18:56:50Z 1997 en_US 1997
dc.identifier.other A-192 en_US
dc.description.abstract In the fall semester of my junior year, I enrolled in an honors colloquium entitled "Women in Mathematics" taught by Dr. Krysi Leganza. In this class, we discussed the history of women in mathematics and their contributions. The other segment of our course addressed gender bias in mathematics. Several arguments were presented ranging from biological to environmental reasons to explain why women are not as influential in mathematics as men.The second segment of the course really held my attention. Being a math major, I always felt as if I never encountered any gender inequalities throughout my education. We addressed the issue of gender inequality in class. Each of us had done some research in the library supporting her/his argument. I never had realized that like so many other young females, I too had experienced the "hidden curriculum." I used to always wish that I could be as outspoken as the boys. I'm slowly learning that now, through encouragement in my women's studies classes.Heather Hampton, my co-researcher, was also enrolled in the class. She too, was interested in the subject of gender inequalities. She was on the opposite side of the spectrum though because she was math-phobic. The two of us were interested in finding out the reasons for why we turned out like we did.Our final project in the class was an outreach project. Heather and _C decided to administer a survey at some schools. We had to get IRB approval and approval from the school board. Then, once we had times set up with the teachers, we observed classrooms and surveyed the pupils.We then compiled our results and presented them at the Undergraduate Colloquium series in the Math Department. Most of the professors there were professors of mathematics education, so they were extremely interested in what we said. We received a lot of positive feedback. Hopefully, some of the teachers thought about their own styles of teaching and how they could possibly be more accommodating to females in their classes. This is where our outreach project left off, and our thesis began.We spoke with Dr. Edmonds and asked her if we could expand this project. So, we knew that we had to do an even more extensive literature review. Also, we spent a great deal in the computer lab making graphs and charts.Dr. Leganza invited Heather and I to go to Texas with her to help her present her findings from her "Math and Gender" course. She had to change the name due to low enrollment. Anyway, we were very thrilled that she asked us to go. Then we thought, "Well, since we're going, let's try to submit our paper." Our paper was accepted to the conference.In January of 1997, we presented the present study at the International Conference for Women in Higher Education. This was an excellent professional experience from Heather and me. We were extremely thrilled to learn that we had won third prize at the conference in the student category. We knew that we must have raised awareness of another group of people.This whole spring semester of 1997, Heather and I have been making trips to the library. Whenever we heard of more research, or we saw someone reference a paper that we hadn't seen yet, we would try to locate that paper. Sometimes we were successful, other times the research was too recent and Interlibrary loan could not get it for us.We have finally finished our literature review and written our paper. This experience has been an enlightening one for me. It is nearly impossible for me to figure out why I am more mathematically inclined, and Heather is phobic. I think that since she had some traumatic experiences in the classroom, she avoided mathematics. Since my parents have always been extremely supportive of me and my endeavors, not to mention that they are pretty unbiased with each other, I did not avoid mathematics.
dc.description.sponsorship Honors College
dc.format.extent 1 v. : ill. ; 29 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Education. en_US
dc.title Gender inequality in education and its effect on development : [an honors thesis (HONRS 499)] en_US
dc.type Undergraduate senior honors thesis. Thesis (B.?.)
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