Too many people, especially women believe you’re born good at maths or your not…. And this is RUBBISH!!
This hilarious video funded by the Harnisch Foundation (a philanthropic foundation focused on advancing equality) aims to challenge this idea and encourage school-age girls and Millennials to re-think their attitudes towards maths and potentially steer more women towards STEM careers.
This video is based on the work of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck’s on growth mindset. She discovered that when girls have a fixed mindset about intellectual ability (they believe intellect is something you either have or don’t), they often become defeated when presented with a challenge. As a result, they are more likely to buy into negative stereotypes surrounding their involvement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) fields.
Dweck found the opposite was true for boys. If a boy believed that mathematical ability is an innate gift, they usually assumed that they have the gift.
The fact is, maths ability is NOT an innate gift, it is something that people need to work at…. And this is where the fun lies! We need to help more girls develop a growth mindset so they believe they CAN do maths!!
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Find out more at: http://www.ihaveamathbrain.com