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Computer scientists make progress on math puzzle(PhysOrg.com) -- Two UT Dallas computer scientists have made progress on a nearly 4-decade-old mathematical puzzle, producing a proof that renowned Stanford computer scientist Don Knuth called "amazing" in his communication back to them.
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Other SciencesThu, 28 Oct 2010 06:28:53 EDTnews207466079Women's choices, not abilities, keep them out of math-intensive fieldsThe question of why women are so underrepresented in math-intensive fields is a controversial one. In 2005, Lawrence Summers, then president of Harvard University, set off a storm of controversy when he suggested it could be due partly to innate differences in ability; others have suggested discrimination or socialization is more to blame. Two psychological scientists have reviewed all of the evidence and concluded that the main factor is women's choices—both freely made, such as that they'd rather study biology than math, and constrained, such as the fact that the difficult first years as a professor coincide with the time when many women are having children.
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Medicine & HealthTue, 26 Oct 2010 11:30:01 EDTnews207310370Large study shows females are equal to males in math skills(PhysOrg.com) -- The mathematical skills of boys and girls, as well as men and women, are substantially equal, according to a new examination of existing studies in the current online edition of journal Psychological Bulletin.
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Other SciencesMon, 11 Oct 2010 12:53:19 EDTnews206020374SAfrican students study math via cell phone(AP) -- A South African think tank said Thursday they have lined up volunteers to tutor on a popular mobile phone platform after a nationwide teachers' strike left students unprepared for final exams.
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TechnologyThu, 23 Sep 2010 11:50:01 EDTnews204459962Gender gap in spatial ability can be reduced through trainingBarriers to children's achievement in the areas of science, math, and engineering have become a particular concern as policymakers focus on America's economic competitiveness. A gender difference in girls' spatial abilities emerges very early in development, and researchers have suggested that this difference may be a source of gaps in achievement in math and science for girls. A new study just published in Child Development describes an intervention that is effective in eliminating the gender gap in spatial abilities. While the research doesn't yet show that the intervention leads to better achievement in science, math, and engineering for girls, this is a promising direction for supporting girls' achievement and eventual contributions in these areas.
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Other SciencesWed, 15 Sep 2010 05:10:04 EDTnews203744243For 4-year-olds, interactions with teacher key to gainsPre-kindergartners who spend much of their classroom day engaged in so-called free-choice play with little input from teachers make smaller gains in early language and math skills than children who receive input from teachers in a range of different activity settings. Low-income children benefit particularly when a higher proportion of their time is spent in individual instruction settings.
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Other SciencesWed, 15 Sep 2010 04:38:04 EDTnews203744272Turning to the 'Big Bad Wolf' to break down barriers to mathWho says 'Little Red Riding Hood' has nothing to do with math?
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Other SciencesWed, 01 Sep 2010 15:30:01 EDTnews202572976Child of Vietnam war wins top maths honour Vietnamese-born mathematician Ngo Bao Chau on Thursday won the maths world's version of a Nobel Prize, the Fields Medal, cementing a journey that has taken him from war-torn Hanoi to the pages of Time magazine.
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Other SciencesThu, 19 Aug 2010 05:00:01 EDTnews201411023Students' understanding of the equal sign not equal, prof saysTaken very literally, not all students are created equal — especially in their math learning skills, say Texas A&M University researchers who have found that not fully understanding the "equal sign" in a math problem could be a key to why U.S. students underperform their peers from other countries in math.
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Other SciencesTue, 10 Aug 2010 12:10:01 EDTnews200657863Hold the Calculators: Let's Talk About Math!(PhysOrg.com) -- Many children, when learning to read, are encouraged by their teachers to retell all they remember about a story in order to build their comprehension skills. But can similar comprehension strategies be applied to mathematics? Researchers at North Carolina State University say that when teachers work with kids to talk through math problems, kids do a better job of absorbing and understanding the content.
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Other SciencesTue, 03 Aug 2010 15:40:01 EDTnews200068048Family chats can help students learn, especially in richer countries, study showsTaking the time to talk to your children about current events like the Gulf Oil spill -- and using mathematical terms to do so -- can help students develop better reasoning and math skills and perform better in school, according to a study by a University at Buffalo professor.
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Other SciencesThu, 22 Jul 2010 13:01:47 EDTnews199022487Gender gap persists at highest levels of math and science testingA study that examined 30 years of standardized test data from the very highest-scoring seventh graders has found that performance differences between boys and girls have narrowed considerably, but boys still outnumber girls by more than about 3-to-1 at extremely high levels of math ability and scientific reasoning.
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Other SciencesTue, 06 Jul 2010 11:22:10 EDTnews197634114Is Model-Making Really Child's Play?(PhysOrg.com) -- Children are stalled by the same thinking processes as adults when they assemble models, according to new research.
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Medicine & HealthMon, 21 Jun 2010 11:34:33 EDTnews196338834Children with home computers likely to have lower test scoresAround the country and throughout the world, politicians and education activists have sought to eliminate the "digital divide" by guaranteeing universal access to home computers, and in some cases to high-speed Internet service.
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Other SciencesFri, 18 Jun 2010 14:50:02 EDTnews196090453Probing Question: Are boys really better at math than girls?In 1992, Mattel sparked a nationwide debate about math and gender when the company released "Teen Talk Barbie." Among the doll’s 270 phrases were "Math class is tough!" (often misquoted as "Math is hard"), along with "Will we ever have enough clothes?" and "I love shopping!" In response to criticism, Mattel changed the doll’s offending phrases a few months later.
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Other SciencesThu, 20 May 2010 17:00:07 EDTnews193592810The sum of digits of prime numbers is evenly distributed(PhysOrg.com) -- On average, there are as many prime numbers for which the sum of decimal digits is even as prime numbers for which it is odd. This hypothesis, first made in 1968, has recently been proven by French researchers from the Institut de Mathematiques de Luminy.
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Other SciencesWed, 12 May 2010 18:32:25 EDTnews192907929Study: US needs better-trained math teachers to compete globallyMath teachers in the United States need better training if the nation's K-12 students are going to compete globally, according to international research released today by a Michigan State University scholar.
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Other SciencesThu, 15 Apr 2010 13:50:05 EDTnews190556990Rough calculations: New book lays out practical tools for educated guessing(PhysOrg.com) -- Time for some quick arithmetic: Is 3600 x 4.4 x 104 x 32 larger or smaller than 3 x 109?
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Other SciencesMon, 29 Mar 2010 08:20:01 EDTnews189065811Virtual tutoring program uses videos to aid students of math, scienceLeo Shmuylovich knows a lot about how tutoring can take a student from confused to confident. The Washington University graduate student has worked as a tutor for several test preparatory companies over the years, helping St. Louis-area students prepare for college entrance exams.
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Other SciencesFri, 12 Feb 2010 07:10:01 EDTnews185178487Elementary school women teachers transfer their fear of doing math to girlsFemale elementary school teachers who are anxious about math pass on to female students the stereotype that boys, not girls, are good at math. Girls who endorse this belief then do worse at math, research at the University of Chicago shows.
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Other SciencesMon, 25 Jan 2010 15:50:01 EDTnews183654828Worldwide study finds few gender differences in math abilitiesGirls around the world are not worse at math than boys, even though boys are more confident in their math abilities, and girls from countries where gender equity is more prevalent are more likely to perform better on mathematics assessment tests, according to a new analysis of international research.
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Medicine & HealthTue, 05 Jan 2010 12:07:55 EDTnews181915640Adding technology to geometry class improves opportunities to learnA new study co-written by a University of Illinois expert in math education suggests that incorporating technology in high school-level geometry classes not only makes the teaching of concepts such as congruency easier, it also empowers students to discover other geometric relationships they wouldn't ordinarily uncover when more traditional methods of instruction were used.
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Other SciencesTue, 15 Dec 2009 12:40:02 EDTnews180101363Math goes viral: Researchers make math and science real for high-school studentsAt least a dozen Alberta high-school calculus classrooms were exposed to the West Nile virus recently.
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Other SciencesMon, 14 Dec 2009 11:50:02 EDTnews180012327'One keypad per child' lets schoolchildren share screen to learn math (w/ Video)The slogan is "one laptop per child." But it will be a long time before that is true everywhere in the world. Meanwhile, a new device aims to make a situation that is common in poor areas - one computer shared among many children - work better in school settings.
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TechnologyThu, 10 Dec 2009 18:05:32 EDTnews179690698Economists find new reason to think that environment, not innate ability, determines how well girls do in math class(PhysOrg.com) -- When Glenn Ellison’s daughters started middle school in a Boston suburb in 2007, Ellison decided to become a volunteer coach of the school’s math team. While his squad was earning a place in the state finals, Ellison noticed something distinctive about his students.
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Other SciencesWed, 04 Nov 2009 19:30:02 EDTnews176577899An animated penguin boosts kids' math scoresCalifornia's hottest new math teacher is an animated penguin named JiJi. Yes, it's true. A mute, waddling, tuxedo-clad cartoon figure has been quietly taking over math programs dotting Silicon Valley, dramatically improving test scores in mostly low-performing schools.
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Other SciencesThu, 01 Oct 2009 22:30:02 EDTnews173644930Socioeconomic Desegregation Alone Is Not Effective in Improving Classroom PerformanceAlthough past research has linked academic achievement gains to socioeconomic desegregation in schools, a new analysis reveals some hidden academic and psychological risks of integrating low-income students in schools with predominantly middle- and upper-class student populations that might undercut such achievement gains.
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Other SciencesThu, 01 Oct 2009 16:00:03 EDTnews173609731Racial Segregation Fuels Early Black-White Achievement Gap, Data SuggestRacial segregation of schools, and thereby segregated neighborhoods, appears to be a leading source of academic achievement disparities between young black and white children, according to research by sociologist Dennis J. Condron of Emory University.
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Other SciencesThu, 01 Oct 2009 09:54:34 EDTnews173609645High-quality child care leads to academic success for low-income kidsFor low income parents, finding high quality child care not only boosts the performance of their children in school, but actually combats the effects of poverty, according to a new study in the journal Child Development.
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Other SciencesTue, 15 Sep 2009 07:30:01 EDTnews172216251Results show math, science aren't out of reachThe conflicting data coming out about schools can make your head swirl. Too few kids ready for college. Too few students mastering their subjects. Too many teens trailing their global peers in math and science.
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