Girls’ self-confidence key to math, science learning

Science Daily reports:

New research by a team that includes vocational psychologists at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) indicates that the self-confidence instilled by parents and teachers is more important for young girls learning math and science than their initial interest.

While interest is certainly a factor in getting older girls to study and pursue a career in these disciplines, more attention should be given to building confidence in their abilities early in their education, says UWM Distinguished Professor Nadya Fouad. She is one of the authors of a three-year study aimed at identifying supports and barriers that steer girls toward or away from science and math during their education.

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One response to “Girls’ self-confidence key to math, science learning

  1. Self-confidence must really be taught to children while they’re young. It is difficult to gain confidence when they get older especially if their self-esteem becomes lower and shyness has developed in them already.