Monday, June 23, 2008

AASWOMEN for June 20, 2008

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of June 20, 2008
eds. Joan Schmelz, Hannah Jang-Condell & Caroline Simpson

This week's issues:

1. Culture, Gender and Math

2. Gender Issues in Math/Science Education

3. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

4. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

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1. Culture, Gender and Math
From: John Parejko [parejkoj_at_drexel.edu]

This article on the math and reading scores of girls in different
countries might be of interest to the list.  Short summary: 15 year
old girls do better compared to boys, in both math and reading (as
measured by the Programme for International Student Assessment), in
countries that are more gender equal (as measured by the UN and World
Economic Forum's Gender Gap Index).  In the countries with the highest
levels of gender equality, the "math gender gap" essentially
disappears.


Another take away point is that, apparently, girls are better than
boys, in both math and reading, in Iceland...

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2. Gender Issues in Math/Science Education
From: WIPHYS of June 17, 2008

WIPHYS [and AASWOMEN] subscribers might be interested in "Gender
Issues in Science/Math Education (GISME)" [Hake & Mallow (2008)].

This 11.8 MB compilation of over 700 annotated references and 1000 
hot-linked URL's provides a window into the vast literature on Gender 
Issues in Science/Math Education. The present listing is an update, 
expansion, and generalization of the earlier 0.23 MB "Gender Issues 
in Physics/Science Education (GIPSE)" by Mallow & Hake (2002).

Of course, Jeffry Mallow and I would be very interested in any 
comments any of you might care to make on GISME.

To access GISME, please click on 
< http://www.physics.indiana.edu/~hake >, scroll to item 55, and then 
click on [GISME-5k-Part1.pdf] for Part 1 and [GISME-5k-Part2.pdf] for 
Part 2. 

The earlier "Gender Issues in Physics/Science Education (GIPSE)" 
[Mallow & Hake (2002)] can be found on the APS website 

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3. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

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4. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

Past issues of AASWOMEN are available at


Each annual summary includes an index of topics covered.