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ERIC Number: ED407308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Mathematics and Language Studies: A Cross-National Comparison.
Forgasz, Helen J.; And Others
This study examined whether U.S., Australian, and Swedish grade 9 male and female students' beliefs about themselves as learners of mathematics and English/Swedish differed. The cohort of grade 9 students from one coeducational school in each country participated in the study. Questionnaires were distributed in the three countries and contained Likert-type items, rating scales about students' beliefs, and open-ended questions. Summary of data suggest: (1) gender differences were more apparent for language arts than for mathematics; (2) females tended to enjoy both mathematics and language arts more than males; (3) males were more likely than females to hold an opinion on whether women or men were better at either mathematics or language arts; and (4) surprisingly strong perceptions existed across the three countries that language arts was a female domain. The research presents the challenge to educators to address the perception of language arts as a female domain and recommends further investigation of the finding. Contains 17 references. (EH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Sweden; United States