Gender differences in children's mathematics achievement: Perspectives from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children

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Abstract

With reports of declining enrolments in mathematics related degrees and low female participation rates in these degrees, the issue of gender differences in mathematics remains relevant. Results of recent studies suggest gender differences in mathematics are nuanced and that small differences in the early years can manifest as larger differences in later years. This study explores differences in teachers' ratings of children's achievement across a number of mathematical content domains. It is based on observations from the K-cohort of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children in 2006, when the children were aged between six and seven, and in 2008, when they were aged between eight and nine. Gender differences in achievement are analysed using the Mantel-Haenszel procedure associated with the implementation of the Rasch model. Results indicate that teachers rate girls higher on tasks related to data, whereas they rate boys higher on tasks related to place-value and computation. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Subtitle of host publicationMathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
EditorsVicki Steinle, Lynda Ball, Caroline Bardini
Place of PublicationAdelaide
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Pages130-137
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780734048448
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event36th Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2013 - University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 07 Jul 201311 Jul 2013
https://www.merga.net.au/Public/Public/Publications/Annual_Conference_Proceedings/2013_MERGA_CP.aspx (Conference proceedings)

Conference

Conference36th Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2013
Abbreviated titleMathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period07/07/1311/07/13
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