Gender Differences in Middle School Students: Interests in a Statistical Literacy Context

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMERGA 32
    Subtitle of host publicationCrossing divides
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
    Pages97-104
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9781920846206
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia - Palmerston North, NZ, New Zealand
    Duration: 05 Jul 200909 Jul 2009

    Conference

    ConferenceAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
    CountryNew Zealand
    Period05/07/0909/07/09

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    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.