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13 October 2010

Girls as smart as boys at maths

Males and females have equal mathematics skills, research shows, despite the fact that many parents and teachers still believe boys are better at maths than girls.

Males and females have equal mathematics skills, a new report confirms. Researchers reviewed 242 studies published between 1990 and 2007 that assessed the maths skills of nearly 1.3 million people from grade school to college and beyond. They also examined the findings of several large, long-term scientific studies.

"Parents and teachers continue to hold stereotypes that boys are better in maths, and that can have a tremendous impact on individual girls who are told to stay away from engineering or the physical sciences because 'girls can't do maths,'" Hyde said.

It's known that stereotypes affect academic performance, she added.

Stereotype holding women back

 
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