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The Causes and Consequences of Poor Math Performance in the United States

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Schanke, Angela
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Hutchison, Linda
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University of Wyoming
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2009-05-15

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Recent assessments such as the Third International Math and Science Survey (TIMSS) have brought to attention the poor math skills of students in the United States. Compared to other industrialized countries, we are one of the lowest scoring. Studies show that students with the upbringing common to middle class white males best adopt our approach, which relies heavily on abstract concepts. The focus of my research was to explore the differences in performance possibly caused by gender and race. I read nearly two-dozen articles and studies that focused on these discrepancies. I also conducted interviews of students in the Honors department concerning their experience in math classes and how that affected career choice. What I found was that gender stereotype threat has a significant effect on whether women pursue math or not. Once students are in the pipeline for STEM courses, blacks and whites are equally likely to have a career in these subjects, with Hispanics more likely than either of them. Women, on the other hand, are significantly less likely to remain in the program. New programs that support women and allow more minorities into the pipeline are necessary for the ranking of the United States to improve.
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From - Undergraduate Research Day 2009 - Celebration of Research - Abstracts
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math skills

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students

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United States

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Undergrauate Research Day 2009

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