Math is not only considered to be the toughest subject in math, but it is also said to be a “male subject”. Despite scientific evidence that both male and female students are equally efficient in mathematics, but issues with the subject also remain prominent. This is one of many difficulties as girls are more likely to report negative feelings against math than boys. This issue if left unsolved may progress to stages where individuals avoid courses and subjects that include math or have math-related topics like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). It is due to this possibility that ensuring that learning environments that cater to both male and female mathematics are obtained.
One of the many aspects that contribute to the math attitude caused by gender gaps is stereotypes. The stereotype that men are more capable in mathematics than women is common and is reinforced and acted on by many teachers and parents alike. Studies show that female children of parents who believe that men are more capable of math show less interest in the subject and are even less likely to join a course that majors in mathematics. Therefore, removing this stereotype from the child’s environment can cause a higher chance of success in mathematics.
However, to eliminate this stereotype, it is essential that you acquire empirical evidence. If it were, true that males were more superior than females when it comes to an understanding and rate of performance in mathematics, then many would expect to see a rise in basic numerical skills rather than later math achievement. But this is not the case as two studies that have been conducted reported that the performance in math is in no way linked to gender.
One of the most critical factors that can cause multiple results in research is the type of math and the age of the child completing it. Although some students are better equipped for such situations, may find that they struggle. So, to achieve detailed research, finding out the toughest topics in math is imperative as this will often also be a challenge to those who are gifted enough.
In another case, a group of elementary students of varying ranges of age was observed. What they found was that males and females similar of age displayed similar performances in mathematics and basic numeral exercises such as number comparison. This shows that evidence collected on how men are more proficient in math are based on sociocultural influences rather than gender differences and performance rates.
It was also found that children at the age of six months regardless of their gender displayed absolutely no evidence in gender differences, which shows that the gender of an individual does not define their performance in mathematics and other subjects. Due to the lack of evidence that suggested that males were more competent in math when they were mere months old, the theory goes to prove that both men and females display equal competencies and performance rate from childbirth.