Vol. 3, Issue 3 (2016)
A study of mathematical aptitude of third gender and their attitude towards mathematics
Author(s): Sneha Tyagi
Abstract: There are umpteen number of studies present which throw light on the association of mathematics with binary genders. These studies are related to the aptitude, attitude, achievements, phobia, interest, anxiety level etc of boys (males) and girls (females) only. The people belonging to the third gender community have never been considered in relation to mathematics. Studies have shown that the people of third gender community face discrimination in every aspect of life which in turn make them a deprived minority of society. So, the present paper attempts to study about the third genders’ aptitude and attitudes towards mathematics. The usage of mathematics in their daily lives has been discussed in this paper. The perspective and outlook of third genders towards mathematics has also been highlighted. We all do have an aptitude of mathematics but some get the chance to foster and learn about it. But some do not get the suitable environment, facilities, education etc in order to nourish and develop it. The researcher is keenly concerned to know more about the connections of mathematics and gender. Hence this exploratory research design was used to conduct this study that enabled us to know whether the gender of a person really makes a difference to mathematical aptitude. Mathematical aptitude test and the interview schedule were the tools used to generate relevant data for the study.