Are Science’s Researches Right? Boys & Girls’ Math Skills Are Different – Gigaom
We all know that math isn’t always the easiest thing to do. If you have ever tried it out with one of those “typical” homework tests, then you know what we’re talking about. If you’re wondering how boys and girls’ brains are constructed when thinking about numbers, then the recent study conducted by the University of Ottawa might offer some pretty interesting insight to your childhood math lessons.
The research shows that brain maps differ between boys and girls, which makes it harder for boys to learn a new arithmetic set than girls do. Back in 2013, a study back from the University of Ottawa found that the brain of both boys and girls can be trained to handle lower order functions as well. Although they were not, at the time, that they would need to be more efficient.
So, this latest one adds that it is harder for boys to learn mathematical concepts due to lower functioning parts of the brain. But, girls didn’t suffer any less in the learning process, which is rather interesting. So, what does it mean, and how does it apply to us as parents? Well, the next time your kid asks you for help understanding multiplication, and you give it to them, don’t be so quick to tell them they can’t. That’s because in essence, it may be that you can actually help them while they’re learning it.
It might not work like this necessarily, but the gist is that if your child is building on what they know, then giving them the “implement and proof” type of concepts, and getting them to think about them from a different perspective could actually help them improve their math skills rather than hinder them. And remember, it’s not like they’re failing math as long as you stick to doing it with them.