Mathematics and the Science Education of American Girls, 1781-1914

Kim Tolley, Notre Dame de Namur University

Friends of the American Philosophical Society, History of Education Society, and Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science

Friday, October 23, 2009 6:00 pm EDT

Benjamin Franklin Hall, American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street

Lecture and Reception

Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Program: 6:00 p.m.

American Philosophical Society
Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street

Did young women abandon the study of physics and astronomy in the 19th century as these subjects became more mathematically complex? Kim Tolley traces the evolution of mathematics education in pre-college education and its relation to the science enrollments of young women in the 19th century.
Kim Tolley is Professor in the School of Education and Leadership at Notre Dame de Namur University. She received her doctorate from U.C. Berkeley in 1996. Her research interests include the sociology and culture of teaching and learning in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the history of science and schooling, and the shift from chartered academies to publicly-funded systems of schooling in the United States. Her book, The Science Education of American Girls: A Historical Perspective (2003), received the Outstanding Academic Title Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries.