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Asian-American Students Outpace Other Groups in Math, Science

FILE -- Alex Jacobs works out math problems during a pilot math class  at Reynoldsburg High School in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. In math, Asian-American students excel compared to other groups, according to a new study. FILE -- Alex Jacobs works out math problems during a pilot math class at Reynoldsburg High School in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. In math, Asian-American students excel compared to other groups, according to a new study.
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FILE -- Alex Jacobs works out math problems during a pilot math class  at Reynoldsburg High School in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. In math, Asian-American students excel compared to other groups, according to a new study.
FILE -- Alex Jacobs works out math problems during a pilot math class at Reynoldsburg High School in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. In math, Asian-American students excel compared to other groups, according to a new study.
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Asian-American students outperform other racial or ethnic groups in math and science courses, according to a new study of 367 10th grade students in the Philadelphia area.

The study, published in Psychology of Women Quarterly, claims to be “the first study to examine math and science attitudes and achievement at the intersection of gender and ethnicity across four major ethnic groups,” including whites, Asian-Americans, Latinos and African-Americans.

“Asian-American male adolescents consistently demonstrated the highest achievement compared to other adolescents, mirroring the ‘model minority’ stereotype,” the researchers wrote. “In contrast, the underachievement of Latino and African-American males is a persistent and troubling trend.”

Despite surveys indicating that Asian-Americans perform better in math and science, Professor Nicole Else-Quest of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the lead author of the study, doesn’t want the data to further the “model minority” perception about Asian-Americans.

“I think that stereotype is harmful for everyone, whether benevolent or not,” she said. “They put us in boxes or restrict us in some way. When we talk about Asian-Americans, we have to recognize it’s a tremendously diverse population with a variety of cultures and varying levels of status and language proficiency.”

Even though women continue to be under-represented in math and science related careers, the study found that male and female students earned similar grades in math and science.

The study also found that male students of all ethnicities reported a greater perception of their abilities in math, while female students associated greater value to science-related courses.

"Despite gender similarities in math and science achievement, female adolescents tend to believe their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics abilities are just not as strong as those of their male classmates," said Else-Quest.

Else-Quest said the next goal of the three-year study is to figure out the role of the parents in forming perceptions about math and science.

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by: sherry from: LA
April 05, 2013 1:34 PM
I do not believe the enthic and race have special correlation with the capability of subject learning. Even someone advocate fast learning of asian-america students, there are little investigation further such as family culture, leanrning hours... Actually, many races in EU learn math faster and more creative than asian people. In addition, more than 95 percent of math principles and equations were not discovered or invented by asian people.

I am asian from china, actually, chinese parents in US like to spend much time on math education when their kids are in childhood, meanwhile, parents of US white and other races may regards math is not so important since computer work may help some, or the parents themselves may not be good at math. If someone go asian countries like india, japan, china and find out in these places, pupils spend near 7 hours per day in study in elementary school, they would advocate their theories anymore.

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