This paper reports gender differences in the types of interests that middle school students havetowards statistical literacy. These differences are detected from the responses of a sample of 366middle school students to items in a statistical literacy interest inventory. In particular, dominancestatistics are calculated in order to detect evidence for gender differences in student responses. Resultsindicated that girls were more interested in aspects of statistical literacy that related to surveys andboys were more interested in aspects relating to problem solving and also contexts that are associatedwith sports. The findings are interpreted using Dweck's achievement goal theory as it pertains togender, and classroom implications are reviewed.
|Title of host publication||MERGA 32|
|Subtitle of host publication||Crossing divides|
|Place of Publication||Australia|
|Publisher||Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Event||Annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia - Palmerston North, NZ, New Zealand|
Duration: 05 Jul 2009 → 09 Jul 2009
|Conference||Annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia|
|Period||05/07/09 → 09/07/09|
Carmichael, C., & Hay, I. (2009). Gender Differences in Middle School Students: Interests in a Statistical Literacy Context. In MERGA 32: Crossing divides (pp. 97-104). Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.