School of Education
math education, culture, attitude, teaching math
Green, Jordan Taylor, "Attitude, Culture, and Teaching Mathematics" (2019). Senior Honors Theses. 922.
International assessments have revealed discrepancies between the mathematics achievement scores of various countries and also between the scores of male and female students around the world. Although math education may look similar on the surface in different countries, there are subtle differences in the methods and the attitudes that teachers and students adopt from their cultures. These differences may be explained in part by the theory of mindsets, specifically the contrast between fixed and growth mindsets. Mindset theory illuminates the impact of beliefs and values on academic achievement, particularly in the area of math. These same principles also seem to apply to the gender gap in mathematics that exists in varying degrees throughout the world.