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“Underrepresentation of Women in Math-intensive Fields”?

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Some characterize the situation for women in STEM as “underrepresentation of women in mathematically-intensive fields.” In the case of baccalaureates at least, the situation might be more accurately described in terms of salaries—unless you believe that engineering and computer science are more “mathematically-intensive” than mathematics. Read the rest of this entry »


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November 10, 2012 at 11:49 am

Comments on Bishop et al.’s Article on Boaler’s Work

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This post makes a few comments on “A Close Examination of Jo Boaler’s Railside Report” by Bishop, Milgram, and Clopton (hereafter Bishop et al.), comparing its account with that of two articles written by Boaler and Staples: a 2005 conference paper and a 2008 journal article.

Disclosure: I am not and have never been a friend or collaborator of any author listed above. On the other hand, the math education world is small. I work on projects and communicate regularly with people who are or have been friends or collaborators of Boaler or Milgram.

No one that I know condones the actions of Bishop et al. in attempting to determine the identities of the schools in Boaler’s studies. (September 2013 update: Two people have contacted me to say that they do. They note the rationale given by Milgram in Brain-Mind Magazine (with response from Boaler in the same issue), Nonpartisan Educational Review, and on his web site.) However, at first glance, it is hard to determine what the two sides are claiming and its basis. Some claims are not connected with details of the study, the details are complicated, and the two sides seem to talk past each other. The comments below are intended to be helpful in making sense of the articles, rather than as an exhaustive discussion of their merits. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm

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