There’s a problem in producing more maths teachers (AMSI above), the subject worries school students sick. The Australian Council for Educational Research has crunched PISA data on schoolwork related anxiety to find the Australian experience is about in the middle of the OECD experience. ACER also digs into previous PISA surveys to find in 2012 students everywhere worried about maths and females more than males. In Australia, the gender split on maths anxiety issues was pronounced with 70 per cent or so of girls agreeing that they “feel helpless when doing a mathematics problem” compared to 58 per cent of boys.
Wonder why more women don’t study maths at university and go on to teach it?