ERIC Number: EJ720917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec-1
Reference Count: 40
Gender Difference Added? Institutional Variations in the Gender Gap in First Class Degree Awards in Mathematical Sciences
British Educational Research Journal, v31 n6 p737-759 Dec 2005
This article shows how multilevel modelling can be used to study institutional variations in the gender differences in achievement. The results presented are from analyses of the degree classifications of 22,433 individuals who graduated in mathematical sciences, from universities in the UK, between 1994/95 and 1999/2000. The analyses were designed to measure gender differences in the achievement of first class honours in mathematical science degrees as a whole and within individual institutions. After allowing for students' entry qualifications, age, type of course and institution attended, no systematic gender difference was detected in the achievement of first class honours in mathematical sciences at any level of entry qualifications. However, there were statistically significant variations between universities in "gender difference added". This variation between institutions in gender difference added was explained by the significant gender differences in the first class degree awards made by Oxford and Cambridge universities, with no significant evidence of gender differences in the first class degree awards made by other institutions.
Descriptors: Sciences, Gender Differences, Mathematics, Foreign Countries, Academic Degrees, Universities, Mathematics Achievement, Differences, Institutional Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Primary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom