Girls lose faith in their own abilities by age 6

A study carried out in the United States has shown that already by the age of 6 girls lose faith in their own abilities and see themselves as less talented than boys. The study showed that when children believed that hard work was the key to success both girls and boys were successful.

So what can schools do to encourage girls to believe that they will be successful?

One way is through promoting creative thinking. By asking questions where there are no correct answers and any input is valued, girls’ (and all children’s) confidence and self-esteem will increase.

Brilliant Activities to Stimulate Creative Thinking has over 150 entertaining, open-ended challenges providing mental stimulation. The creative, challenging activities develop mental agility, the ability to ‘think outside the box’ and pupils’ higher level thinking skills.

9781783170210-Stimulate Creative Thinking-Brilliant Publications

Stimulate Creative Thinking

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38717926

 

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