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Teaching the Female Brain

Title: Teaching the Female Brain: How Girls Learn Math and ScienceTeaching the Female Brain: How Girls Learn Math and Science

Authors: Abigail Norfleet James, “”
English | ISBN: 1412967104, 1412967090 | 2009 | 208 pages

Abigail James has made an extensive study of cognitive gender differences and examined how that knowledge can best be applied to practices in teaching boys and girls. In this work, she examines how girls’ unique sensory, physical, cognitive, and emotional systems affect their performance in the classroom, and provides specific suggestions for how teachers can use that information to benefit girls either in single-sex or co-ed settings.

In particular, the book focuses on math and science instruction, since women are under-represented in these courses at the university level and in related fields, despite current incentives for female students to select math, science, or engineering majors. A large part of the problem, it seems, is that math and science classes are simply not taught in ways that complement the female brain. James shows teachers how to incorporate research-based findings and adapt classroom experiences to assist girls’ learning, within the best standards of classroom instruction.

Who Will Do the Science of the Future?: A Symposium on Careers of Women in Science
Title: Who Will Do the Science of the Future?: A Symposium on Careers of Women in Science
English | 2000-12-12 | ISBN: 0309071852 | 104 pages


Who Will Do the Science of the Future? is the summary of a symposium on careers of women in science. The symposium incorporated three panels of presenters: one focusing on the next generation, Science for All Students; a second that looks in depth at the issues reflected in one particular field of science, computer science, reflecting an in-depth view of academic and industrial computer scientists; and a third that focuses on strategies and policies to recruit, retain, and promote career advancement for women scientists. Lastly, there was a plenary address on how to ensure women continue to advance into positions of leadership in science.

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