Problem-based Learning to Improve Girls' Math Identity
This Bass Connections project aims to inspire students to change their own relationships with math both by building confidence, ownership and self-sufficiency in problem-solving and by building awareness of gender stereotypes and their potential impacts. The project team will plan and run a series of free workshops for middle school students who identify as female in an attempt to improve their math identity. The resulting research will assess the impact of a problem-based discussion format with peers and undergraduate leaders on students’ confidence and engagement in math. All workshops will be designed with an interactive, problem-based curriculum. The materials and activities will encourage the middle school students to solve rich but accessible problems using many different approaches.