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Gender and university mathematics teaching

Rodd, Melissa (2015) Gender and university mathematics teaching. In: Transitions in Undergraduate Mathematics Education. Higher Education Academy, Birmingham, UK, not yet known. (In Press)

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Abstract

Making the transition from school to university mathematics is a major identity investment for all students and, although there have been significant increases in the proportion of female students studying mathematics at university in recent years, yet in some institutions, university mathematics still exudes an aura of male culture. This chapter is written for university mathematics teachers who want to encourage both female and male undergraduates. It argues that gender is a central aspect of a person’s identity, yet gender does not automatically impact on participating in learning mathematics in a stereotyped way. The notion of ‘pedagogical voice’ is introduced as a way of thinking about establishing learning environments which attend to relational aspects of teaching. Relational aspects of teaching develop through personal connections with students and their mathematics and empowers learners from a range of identities. Quotations from mathematics undergraduates’ mathematical biographies are given throughout the chapter. These quotations are presented to communicate students’ reasons for coming to university to study mathematics and thus something of their identification with the subject. Each quotation is presented without reference to the gender of the undergraduate who wrote it. The purpose of veiling the gender of the speaker is to help the reader to reflect on what might be gendered. Establishing a ‘pedagogical voice’ includes the university teacher establishing a voice to speak to the students, as well as learning to listen. In such a relational learning environment, developing an authentic teaching voice contributes to a new lecturer’s identity as university mathematician.

Item Type: Book Section
Controlled Keywords: undergraduate, Gender, mathematics
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2014 15:27
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:57
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