ERIC Number: ED404161
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Publication Date: 1996-Nov
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Gender Differences of Gifted and Talented Students on Mathematics Performance.
Park, Hae-Seong; Norton, Scott M.
Gender differences of gifted and talented students in mathematics performance were examined using the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) of 1995. The LEAP test is a statewide criterion-referenced test administered to all Louisiana public school children in Grades 3, 5, 7, 10, and 11. In this study, the database was restricted to seventh-grade students identified as gifted and talented. Gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status served as independent variables. Dependent variables were the nine subskill areas in the mathematics test which measure different aspects of mathematical ability. These subskill areas are: (1) numeration; (2) whole number operations; (3) fraction operations; (4) decimal numbers and operations; (5) percent, ratio, and proportion; (6) measurement; (7) geometry; (8) graphs, probability, and statistics; and (9) pre-algebra. A slight female superiority was found in two mathematics subskill areas; however, the difference was too small to have a practical meaning. No male superiority was found in the nine different mathematical categories. The patterns of gender differences were consistent across ethnic and socioeconomic background. Because LEAP tests were not designed specifically for gifted and talented students, the test may not be a good measure to discriminate among highly intelligent students. (PVD)
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