Women of Mathematics - Matematiske kvinner
Entering the field of mathematics can be tough, and women often encounter specific obstacles. The exhibition offers a glimpse into the world of mathematics through photographs of women mathematicians throughout Europe.
Clever girls’ stories: the girl they called a nerd
Trine Foyn, https://www.oslomet.no/om/ansatt/trifoy/
About my presentation for “Women of mathematics” – Tromsø- 20.08.2019
My presentation is based on my phd-work, an ethnographic inspired, longitudinal research of a mathematic class in lower secondary school and the students’ relations to mathematics. The working title of my project is “A crucial time for making choices in mathematics - the development of mathematics identities in lower secondary school”.
After spending almost a year in this class, I realized that there was a gender pattern according to the students’ relations to-, and their performance in mathematics. I will like to share with you what gender patterns I have recognized in this class and I will present some of the students’ cases as well. In addition, I will draw on some issues presented in my article published in Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2018; Clever girls’ stories: the girl they called a nerd. (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10649-017-9801-4)
I will present reasons for why I think there is a need for discussing why gender and mathematics matters in Norwegian classrooms.
My professional work:
I have been a teacher in mathematics in lower secondary school for 17 years, before I started my work as a teacher educator in mathematics at Oslo Met in 2015. Since 2016, I have been doing my phd-research, which aims to illuminate how a group of students develop their relation to mathematics through lower secondary school. I plan to submit my thesis during the autumn 2020.