Women in Mathematics Class Highlights
fill out an index card, intro to
course via web pages, and
searching for women in mathematics on the web
Reading on History of Women's Education
- Failing at Fairness, Through the Back Door:
The History of Women's Education p. 15-41.
Fri 8/20 Discussion of Wed's reading hw, trip to library reserve.
Reading on Hypatia Grinstein's
Women of Mathematics, a bibliographic sourcebook, Hypatia,
p. 74-79. Osen's Women in Math on Hypatia (contains errors!) p.
Mon 8/23 Discussion of Fri's readings.
Intro to Hypatia - an overview
of her life and work
Wed 8/25 In groups, search for Hypatia on the web, search for
info on choice of mathematician for Paper 1 on the web.
Choice of mathematician for Paper 1.
Fri 8/27 Discuss what the groups found on Wed,
and whether the info is reliable. (Some web pages had quotes from Hypatia,
and referenced Osen, which is a problem).
Hypatia and her work on Ptolemy's Almagest.
Hypatia and her work on Diophantus
HW on Hypatia's Math Work on presentations
from Diophantus Arithmetica for Wed.
Wed 9/1 Go over class highlights page, learn to
search on MathSciNet for mathematician for paper 1,
present problems from Monday.
Hypatia and her work on Apollonius's Conics,
Reading on Hypatia's Math
Read p. 190 Book II: Proposition 29 from Apollonius'
Fri 9/3 Proof of Book II,
Proposition 29 from
Apollonius' Conics. Proof of the
Dimension of the Circle and Wilbur Knorr's
case that Hypatia worked on this.
Reading on Equity in Mathematics Education Chapter 4
Rogers Equity in Mathematics Education, Who Wants to Feel Stupid All
of the Time? p. 37-47
Mon 9/6 Labor Day
Tues 9/7 DUE First draft
of paper 1
Wed 9/8 Visit from women's studies
student doing interview, discuss reading, search for
books on reserve. In groups,
search on the web for Equity Issues in Mathematics
Education at the Elementary School Level. HW on Equity
in Elementary Schools Look over
web info to present on Fri, work on draft 2 of paper1.
Fri 9/10 Reports from groups on what they found. Discuss
reliability issues, hand out
Paper 2. Look at a History of Math poster.
Readings on Equity in Elementary Schools
- Failing at Fairness Chapter 1
Hidden Lessons p. 1-14, and Chapter 3 Missing in Interaction p. 42-76.
Dicuss Fri's readings.
Talk about revisions and
presentations of paper 1.
Readings on Equity in Elementary Schools Failing at
Fairness p. 253, and browse thru reserve
books on Jacobson's Pygmalion in the Classroom.
Wed 9/15 CRM Film Productivity and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy:
The Pygmalion Effect (30 mins).
Discuss readings and
handouts on the Pygmalion Effect.
Reading on Sophie
Germain - Grinstein's Women of Mathematics on Sophie Germain
Extra Credit Read Howe's book review
on Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics, by Liping Ma
Fri 9/17 Presentations on Paper 1
begin. Erika's Presentation on Germain.
Reading on Emmy Noether
- Grinstein's Women of Mathematics on Emmy Noether
Ashley and Michelle's Presentation- on Noether Reading
on Maria Agnesi - Grinstein's Women
of Mathematics on Agnesi
Wed 9/22Danny and Sumer's Presentation- on Agnesi
Reading on Sofya Kovalevsky
- Grinstein's Women of Mathematics on Sofya Kovalevsky
DUE Choice of mathematician
for paper 2
Fri 9/24 Jason and Valerie's
Presentation- on Kovalevsky Reading on Sex differences in
visual-spatial ability: The role of performance factors
Goldstein, Haldane and Mitchell, Memory and Cognition, 1990, 18(5),
Mon 9/27 We discussed the 1990 study showing that ratio
scores showed less of a gender difference on the MRT, and
that untimed MRT exams also showed less of a gender difference. We then
talked about a 1993 study analyzing data from 15 different visual-spatial
tests. They were able to duplicate the MRT results, but found that
increased time / ratios did not reduce gender differences in the other
14 tests. I showed the students Shepard and Metzler's 1971
paper on Mental Rotation of Three-Simensional Objects in February 19
issue of Science. After going over the pairs of rotated objects,
I gave the students sample MRT test questions
from the 1978 Vandenberg and Ruse article on Mental Rotations:
A group test of three-dimensional spatial visualizations in
Perceptual and Motor Skills, 47, p. 599-604.
on How Negative
Expectancies and Attitudes Undermine Females' Math Confidence and
Performance: A Review of the Literature by Gutbezahl.
Wed 9/29 Discuss reading.
FairTest Examiner articles on
Stereotypes Lower Test Scores and
SAT-Math Gender Bias: Causes and Consequences.
Search on the web for stereotype Vulnerability, Search for
articles on woman mathematician for paper 2.
ReadingA threat in the Air - How Stereotypes Shape Intellectual Identity
and Performance, by Steele, American Psychologist, June 1997, vol 52, no 6,
Description of the aspect of her mathematics you will concentrate on
in paper 2,
and a list of preliminary references.
Fri Discuss Reading. Reading
The Contribution of Girls-Only Schools to Mathematics and Science
Education in Malawi. Chapter 18 of Rogers Equity in Mathematics
Mon Discuss Reading, review the mathematics from
ReadingThe French Experience:
The Effects of De-Segregation, Chap 17 of Rogers' Equity in Mathematics
Discuss Reading, and search for update on the web.
Thur 10/7 at 4pm (special tea from 2:45-4)
Dr. Megan Kerr from Wellesley College speaks on geometry
Fri 10/8 Discussion on women-only classrooms, with a
special visit from
Dr. Megan Kerr, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor at Wellesley
College. She was also an undergraduate at Wellesley College (an all women's
college).Due at 5pm
First draft of paper 2 Lunch for Mat 4010 students who want to join
Mon 10/11Evelyn Boyd Granville and the complex plane,
Grace Murray Hopper
Wed 10/13Look up bios on Ol'ga Ladyzhenskaya,
Grace Chishom Young,
and Alice T. Schafer on the web. Discuss their mathematics -
algebraic groups of a spherical triangle,
and projective space.
If time remains, look at bios on Granville and Hopper, who we discussed
Fri 10/15 Presentations of paper 2 begin. Michelle on
Olga Taussky Todd
Mon 10/18 Erika and Sumer on Marjorie Lee Browne
Wed 10/20 Danny on Mary Rudin
Mon 10/27 Jason and Valerie on Julia Robinson
Wed 10/29 Search for info on paper 3, how do we answer
people who say that they have never experienced any problems personally,
and so there are no issues relating to women in math?
Fri 10/31Ashley on Cathleen Morawetz
Mon 11/1 Summary of Women born 1900-1925.
Due Final draft of paper2
What Still Needs to Change (for the Good of
Women in Mathematics, and for the Good of Mathematics)
Fri 11/5Discuss Articles on the pipeline and what still
needs to change in mathematics hw
Top Producers of Women Mathematics Doctorates,
Chapter 5 in Equity in Mathematics Education, by Rogers - Assisting
Women in Completing Graduate Degrees.
Mon 11/8Discuss Graduate School and articles from
Friday hw - skim the following articles
Fighting for Tenure: The Jenny Harrison Case Opens Pandora's Box of Issues
About Tenure, Discrimination, and the Law,
The Past, Present, and Future of Academic Women in the Mathematical Sciences
A study on the Status of Women Faculty in Science at MIT.
Wed 11/10 Discuss Women Mathematics Professors.
hw - skim the following articles
Thoughts on Affirmative Action,
Are Women Getting All the Jobs?, and
An Interview with Melanie Wood, Olympiad Team Member
Fri 11/12 Discuss Affirmative Action HW for Mon
Chapter 10-16 from Rogers Equity in Math Education (p. 91-140).
Mon 11/15 Discuss cultural differences in math education.
HW - See 12/6 and 12/8
Wed 11/17 Danny on Carolyn Gordon and Can you Hear the Shape of a
Drum? - Presentation of paper 3 begins,
directions for converting files to html. Test files:
Olga Taussky Todd
Fri 11/19 Michelle on Jean Taylor and the Geometry of Soap Bubbles
Mon 11/22 Erika on Lenore Blum and using the Euclidean Algorithm to
Solve Linear Diophantine Equations
Mon 11/29 Summer on Mary Gray and Radical Rings
Wed 12/1 Ashley on Megan Kerr and Riemannian Geometry,
Web links and pictures
Fri 12/3 Valerie on Margaret Wright
HW for Mon 12/6 Feminist
Pedagogy in Mathematics Education
Chapter 19-23 Rogers Equity in Math Education. (p. 155-208)
HW for Wed 12/8
Enrichment Programs and their effects:
Chapter 2 and 3 from Rogers Equity in Math Education,
Mathematics and Women: The Undergraduate School and Pipeline,
The effects of a summer mathematics enrichment program on hispanic mathematical
achievement, by McShea and Yarnevich, Journal of Women and Minorities in
Science and Engineering, vol. 5, pp. 175-181, 1999.
The effects of using women role
models/achievements in the classrooms.
Feisty Females-Inspriring girls to think mathematically, by Karp, (this is
and Dr. Sarah's handout.
Examine html documents containing pictures and links from
last Wednesday, and discuss final web projects.
12/14 Web Project Presentations 3-5 in 203,
Danny's Project on Maria Agnesi
Erika's Project on Sophie Germain
Michelle's Project on Olga Taussky-Todd
Sumer's Project on Mary Gray
Valerie's Project on Margaret Wright
Ashley's Project on Megan Kerr
Achieving Gender Equity in Science Classrooms