Counting Girls In - Gender Issues in Science and Mathematics: An Examination of the Research Concerning Innate and Socio-Cultural Gender Differences in the Fields of Science and Mathematics in an Effort to Promote More Female Participation

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Mackin, Valerie R
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Gender Issues; Gender Differences; Science; Mathematics; Biological and Physical Anthropology; Gender and Sexuality; Science and Mathematics Education; Social and Cultural Anthropology
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In today's world, there is an increasing demand for people in the technological fields. Fewer females than males pursue careers in physical sciences, engineering, and computer science in the United States presenting a loss of needed mathematicians and scientists. Gender differences related to mathematics and science is a complex arena of study, involving both innate biological differences combined with socially constructed ideas about gender in society. Through an in-depth investigation from educational, cognitive, and social psychology perspectives one will be able to determine how innate and socio-cultural factors contribute to the shortage of needed mathematicians and scientists in the United States.