Girls back off mathematics again: the views and experiences of girls in computer-based mathematics

Colleen Vale

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The views and experiences of girls in two co-educational mathematics classrooms in which computers were regularly used were researched. Data were collected by observation and videotaping of lessons, questionnaire, and interviews of students and the teachers. In this paper case studies of six girls are presented. Their 'stories' reveal a diversity of experiences and views and multiple gender identities. High achieving girls persisted as "outsiders within," other girls "backed off", and exceptional girls challenged gender stereotypes. Implications for social justice in mathematics in the age of the super highway are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-218
Number of pages17
JournalMathematics Education Research Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes

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