Saturday, July 26, 2008
Girls just as good as boys in math
The long held belief that boys are better at maths than girls has been refuted by a new study.Based on the test results of seven million students in the US, researchers at UC Berkeley have found that boys and girls in grades two to 11 scored the same in maths.Previous studies have shown that girls are just as capable at math as boys, but the new research was the first to cover such a massive sample of students across the country - taking advantage of the standardized test scores now required by No Child Left Behind. The study was led by American psychologist Janet S. Hyde, from the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). Her colleagues are Sara M. Lindberg, also from the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Marcia C. Linn, from Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology at the University of California at Berkeley, and Amy B. Ellis and Caroline C. Williams, both from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin.