ERIC Number: ED317404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
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Structural Change in Curriculum: The Implications for Gender Equity in Science and Mathematics.
Johnston, Jayne E.; Rennie, Leonie J.
In the mid to late 1980s, observers of education in Western Australia witnessed considerable educational change. Following an inquiry into education in Western Australia (Beazley, 1984), several major changes were made in secondary school curricula, procedures of assessment, and methods of certification. This paper explores some of the consequences of the curriculum change from compulsory year-long courses to optional short courses in the lower secondary school (grades 8 through 10; ages 13-15 years). In particular, the effects of the structural changes for gender equity in enrollment and achievement in science and mathematics are investigated and implications are drawn for the future subject and career choices of students. Although the data are from Western Australian schools, the trends observed here suggest a warning that the effects of such a major change elsewhere should be monitored carefully. (CW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia