In speaking to over a 100 academics and teachers involved in teaching undergraduate mathematics we have found that maths phobia and anxiety is a major barrier to students’ learning and can result in high failure and attrition rates. Women in particular struggle to overcome self doubt about their mathematical ability.
'The basis of truth for our attempt at humour here is that many people find maths a real
challenge, regardless of gender. That said, we can appreciate yours is one possible interpretation of the message'
There is a great deal of evidence that gender stereotypes regarding maths still affects girls interest, performance and continuing study in maths. Studies have shown that the negative stereotypes women absorb about maths, do impact on their performance.
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