Harvard Graduate School of Education researchers discovered that baby males hear more about numbers and arithmetic concepts than baby girls. According to researchers, parents talk about maths with their infant males more than they do with their baby girls
Harvard Graduate School of Education researchers discovered that baby males hear more about numbers and arithmetic concepts than baby girls. The findings were published in the journal Infant and Child Development recently.
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During a 15-minute play session, parents employed an average of four maths concept terms, according to the authors. While all of the newborns’ use of these phrases rose as they grew older, baby males grew faster.
«I think it’s just something to be aware of, especially for parents of girls,» said Meredith Rowe, a co-author of the research and a professor of early learning and development at Harvard Graduate School of Education. «Because it appears that this accumulates over time.» And puts young girls at danger of not being as strong in maths as they believe they are.»
Rowe went on to say that a parent’s socioeconomic level did not seem to affect how frequently they discussed maths topics with their young children.
She claims that expanding the number of arithmetic ideas you discuss with your children may be as simple as counting your surroundings or comparing groupings.
The researchers followed 50 Boston-area carers and their infants as they aged from 10 to 18 months. They labelled some things as arithmetic concepts, such as counting or using terms like «many.»
Rowe emphasised the study’s breadth. She plans to continue working with co-author Kathryn Leech to investigate the long-term consequences of these gender inequalities.
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