Report: The Fear Factor

Maths Action Report: The Fear FactorThe Fear Factor: Maths Anxiety in girls and women, by Samantha Callan, a report commissioned by Maths Action.

This report looks at attitudes to maths and why Maths Anxiety continues to prevail among women and girls. Mathematics is a social justice issue: around one in five adults in the UK lack even basic numeracy skills without which they find it difficult to budget and make money stretch as far as possible; they feel stressed and insecure about money regardless of their income, and they struggle to overcome barriers to progression in work. Yet senior educationalists agree that it is culturally acceptable, especially for women, to say, ‘I hate maths, I was never any good with numbers’…

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Report: What’s It Got To Do With Me?

What's It Got To Do With Me? Primary research into attitudes to maths of Year 9 (13–14 year olds) and Year 12 (16–17 year olds)What’s It Got To Do With Me? Primary research into attitudes to maths of Year 9 (13–14 year olds) and Year 12 (16–17 year olds), by Diane Carrington, M.Sc. Psych. PGCE, a survey commissioned by Maths Action.

This paper attempts to understand why girls do not continue to study maths after GCSE level, and consequently fail to pursue careers in maths related areas… When one considers the crucial need for maths in order to succeed in every-day life as well as in all workplaces, it is clear how this disadvantages women in their life…

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