Linkspam may learn math anxiety, 8 February 2010

2010 February 8
by Dorothea
  • Girls may learn math anxiety from female teachers. Not a new theory, just updated research. One of the researchers says, “It’s actually surprising in a way, and not. People have had a hunch that teachers could impact the students in this way, but didn’t know how it might do so in gender-specific fashion.”
  • Via commenter Denise Paolucci, Geeks Drive Girls out of Computer Science. Because stereotypes are endless fun!
  • Applications are open for the L’Oreal Women in Science fellowships. If you don’t mind being funded by a makeup manufacturer. Also see, a gathering place for “women and girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math—at any level.”
  • Bao Phi talks about being a nerd of color.
  • Dana Oshiro of ReadWriteWeb collects interviews explaining why we need tech events for women.
  • An interview with Rebecca Skloot about her book on Henrietta Lacks, a tissue sample from whom has been vital to considerable medical research, and whose story raises serious questions about research ethics.
  • Restructure! suggests that some undesirable male behavior in IT may be tied to male geeks’ perception that they are low-status.

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6 Responses
  1. koipond permalink
    February 9, 2010

    There’s a really good book that talk about Math and ability called The Myth of Ability and while the book itself isn’t structure in a gendered way, it’s really is telling that all children can do math but the problem is that they run into a teacher that buys into an ability myth where some people can do math, say for instance boys, and others can’t, say for instance girls, and reinforces the myth through their actions. It’s pretty awesome.

    I also think Restructure! deserves a medal for dealing with the thread that follows that post.

  2. Anonymiz permalink
    February 9, 2010

    I’m writing with a favor. I’m looking for a good explanation online about what “derailing” is, how to recognize when you’re doing it, and why it really isn’t a good idea (to give to a teen boy I mentor, who has a good heart and is doing his best to evolve beyond his antediluvian environment–but is going to need a lot of help to get there). I checked at Feminism 101, but didn’t find what I needed (which may be a reflection of my search skills and not the available content.) I thought a link to something like that came up here a while ago–again, my search skills are failing me.

    If anyone can point me at something, I’d be much, much obliged.

  3. Skud permalink*
    February 11, 2010 is really the canonical resource on the subject. A google search for “derailing” shows it as the first hit.

    • Anonymiz permalink
      February 11, 2010

      Thanks, Skud.

      Yes, I did find that (and bookmarked it), but the snark level is high enough that it wouldn’t be helpful in this context.

      But thank you all the same!

  4. Emily permalink
    February 16, 2010

    Are the L’Oreal fellowships only for the UK and Ireland? If so, that’s somewhat disappointing =(

  5. lauredhel permalink
    February 17, 2010

    L’Oreal’s worse than a makeup manufacturer – they’re included in the Nestlé boycott.

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