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ERIC Number: EJ839995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1038-2046
Boys' Underachievement in Geography: An Issue of Ability, Attitude or Assessment?
Butt, Graham; Weeden, Paul; Wood, Phil
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, v13 n4 p329-347 Nov 2004
Considerable evidence now exists of the problem of boys' underachievement in a wide range of academic subjects, including geography. This paper offers examples of, and suggests tentative solutions to, problems of underachievement based on the findings generated by a research project conducted in an English secondary school. In so doing it raises questions about the ways in which geography is often taught and assessed, and considers the extent to which these factors determine the different levels of performance of the genders. We conclude by questioning whether the readily observed gender differences in assessed performance in geography are predominantly related to the students' innate abilities, attitudes or to the types of assessment regularly used to measure their levels of attainment. (Contains 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 9; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)