ERIC Number: ED308207
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Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Gender and Mathematics Achievement: Data from High School and Beyond.
Coladarci, Theodore; Lancaster, Linda N.
The relative influence of gender, coursework, affect, and other hypothesized determinants of mathematics achievement among high school seniors was examined, using data from the High School and Beyond (HSB) database. The HSB base-year survey used a multi-stage sampling scheme. Complete data on the variables of this study were available for 16,358 students (8,774 females and 7,584 males); all were members of the sophomore cohort at the beginning of the HSB study. The dependent variable was mathematics achievement. The independent variables were: (1) mathematics courses; (2) mathematics attitudes; (3) educational aspirations; (4) academic orientation; (5) parental involvement; (6) prior achievement; (7) verbal ability; (8) socioeconomic status; and (9) gender, the central consideration. Regression analyses indicated small-to-negligible effects of gender on mathematics achievement among these students as seniors. However, these findings do not mean that educators can ignore the gender gap in achievement that has been documented. The principal determinants of senior-year mathematics achievement were achievement in the sophomore year, amount of coursework in mathematics, and verbal ability. Three tables present data, and an appendix outlines the construction of the variables. (SLD)
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