Teaching about Women and Mathematics:
Materials and Resources for an Interdisciplinary Course
Dr. Jacqueline Dewar, Dr. Lily Khadjavi, Dr. Alissa Crans,
and Dr. Anna Bargagliotti
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA
This website provides access to a manual with information and materials for teaching a college-level course on women and mathematics that addresses both the lives and work of women mathematicians past and current, and examines gender-related concerns about women's participation in mathematics from kindergarten through graduate school and in math-related careers.
The purpose of this website is two-fold:
- To make available information and materials used in an interdisciplinary course addressing women and mathematics at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, CA;
- To document the results of the Tensor-MAA grant (2007-2013), Women and Mathematics for Future Teachers, which funded the team-teaching of this course at LMU, by its original developer, Dr. Jacqueline Dewar, and three junior faculty members, Dr. Lily Khadjavi (2008), Dr. Alissa Crans (2010), and Dr. Anna Bargagliotti (2012).
We wish to acknowledge the importance of the Tensor-MAA funding in supporting our team teaching and our efforts to gain recognition for the value of teaching a course like this, and for encouraging us to make these materials available to a broader audience through this manual. We are particularly grateful to Dr. Florence Fasanelli, former director of the Tensor-MAA Women and Mathematics program, for her support and encouragement throughout the first two rounds of funding, and to Caren Diefenderfer, director, during the third round.
This website provides access to:
For additional information, contact jdewar "at" lmu "dot" edu.
- The final grant report (2013) [PDF]
- Updated bibliographies (2013)
- Contemporary Women Mathematicians Poster Bibliography [PDF]
- Research Project Topics for Women and Mathematics Bibliography [PDF]
- The course manual (2012) [PDF]
Course Manual Table of Contents:
- I. Background Information on the Course
- 1. History and Rationale for this Course on Women and Mathematics
- 2. Intended Audience
- II. Course Design Elements
- 1. Course Goals and Learning Outcomes as a Math Course
- 2. Course Content
- 3. Required Coursework, General Grading Scheme, and Texts
- 4. Adjustments for Enrolling as a Cross-Listed Honors Course
- III. Course Materials
- 1. Timeline for Mathematical Topics, Biographies of Women, and Gender Equity Discussions
- 2. Addressing the Unifying Mathematical Themes
- 3. Selection of Mathematical Lessons with Worksheets, Lecture Notes, or other Instructional Materials
- 3.1. Lesson: Number-Magic
- 3.2. Lesson: Functions
- 3.3. Lesson: Congruence Arithmetic
- 4. Reading Assignments and Discussion Questions
- 5. Study Guides for the Quizzes
- 6. Reports, Projects, & Final Reflective Writing Assignments
- 6.1. First Report Assignment: The Women-and-Mathematics Situation
- 6.2. Research Project
- 6.3. A Contemporary Woman Mathematician Poster & Presentation Assignment
- 6.4. Lesson Plan Assignment for Future Teachers
- 6.5. Final Reflective Writing Assignment
- 7. Additional Bibliography
- IV. Tensor-MAA Grant Report, Research and Dissemination
- 1. Final Report for the "Women and Mathematics for Future Teachers" Tensor-MAA (2007-2011)
- 2. Research Related to this Course and funded in part by Tensor-MAA (2007-2011):
- 2.1. "Future Teachers' Views of Mathematics and Intentions for Gender Equity: Are These Carried Forward into Their Own Classrooms?", preliminary report by J. Dewar presented at 15th annual conference, Special Interest Group of the MAA on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics, Portland, OR, February 25, 2012.
- 2.2. "Using the History of Women in Mathematics to Address Gender Equity and Prepare Future Teachers," paper by J. Dewar, A. Crans, and L. Khadjavi, Contributed paper session on the history and philosophy of mathematics, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Boston, MA, January 7, 2012.
- 2.2.1. PowerPoint slides
- 2.2.2. Handout
- 2.3. "Women & Mathematics" for Future Teachers: Outcomes of a Tensor-MAA Women and Mathematics Grant, poster by A. Crans, J.Dewar and L. Khadjavi, Mathematics Outreach Poster Session, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Boston, MA, January 5, 2012.
- 2.3.1. Poster
- 2.3.2. Handout
- 2.4. "Mathematics and Equity, Past and Present, through the Lives and Work of Women Mathematicians," paper by J. Dewar, A. Crans and L. Khadjavi, MAA Contributed Paper Session on Humanistic Mathematics, Joint Mathematics Meetings, New Orleans LA, January 8, 2011.
- 2.4.1. PowerPoint slides
- 2.4.2. Handout
- 2.5. What is Mathematics? A Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Investigation