ERIC Number: EJ906673
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 21
Are Raelene, Marjorie and Betty Still in the Race?
Leder, Gilah C.; Taylor, Peter J.
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v66 n4 p17-24 2010
Over the past four decades, gender differences in mathematics learning have continued to attract attention from both the research and broader communities, in Australia and internationally. In this article, the authors briefly summarise key and persistent findings. They argue that the findings warrant a further investigation of the performance in mathematics by Australian students. Data from a large national data base, the long running Australian Mathematics Competition [AMC], is a fruitful source for doing this. The AMC is conducted under the auspices of the Australian Mathematics Trust [AMT] and is open to students of all standards. The AMC papers are prepared by a specially convened committee, drawn from teachers and university academics. The authors conclude that there is much overlap between the scores of boys and girls on the AMC papers. Nevertheless, when differences are found they are generally in favour of boys. The authors note that the persistent performance difference in favour of males is seemingly in contrast to what is reported in various state grade 12 public examination results where females, on average, are often reported to perform better than males. (Contains 1 table and 3 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Gender Differences, Males, College Faculty, Foreign Countries, Competition, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Mathematics, Gender Bias, Problem Solving, Mathematics Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia