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ERIC Number: EJ1021105
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Changing Course: The Gender Gap in College Selectivity and Opportunities to Learn in the High School Curriculum
Moller, Stephanie; Stearns, Elizabeth; Southworth, Stephanie; Potochnick, Stephanie
Gender and Education, v25 n7 p851-871 2013
Gender gaps in learning and education outcomes have changed dramatically over the last few years. However, researchers have not adequately assessed how the high school learning environment differentially affects boys and girls. An important component of the learning environment in US secondary school is the opportunity to learn in an Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum, which allows high school students to do college-level work. Using the US National Education Longitudinal Study 1988-2000, we explain how high school AP curriculum interacts with gender to predict the selectivity of colleges that students attend. The results show that girls and boys who attend high schools with a larger percentage of students in AP curriculum attend more selective colleges (that require higher standardised scores for admissions); yet the positive effect of the opportunity to learn in an AP curriculum is greater for girls than for boys. This research furthers the debate about the effects of school structure on gender stratification.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)
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