January 19, 2012
Stereotypes Do Not Explain Gender Differences in Math, Study Argues
At the highest levels of mathematics achievement, men consistently outperform women. For more than a decade, many researchers have ascribed this phenomenon, in part, to a theory called "stereotype threat," or the notion that women's math scores suffer from hearing social messages that their skills in this area are not on par with men's.
But a new study, "Can Stereotype Threat Explain the Gender Gap in Mathematics Performance and Achievement?," to be published in the
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