Gender Gaps in Participation and Performance in Mathematics at Australian Schools 2006-2016

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How do boys and girls differ in voluntary mathematical studies in Years 11&12? Do boys and girls perform differently in standardized mathematics exams? What factors affect students’ decisions to choose or not choose mathematics? This document updates the previous literature using recent data from various sources. It is found that between 2006 and 2016 participation in Year 12 mathematics has been stable for both boys and girls, with the boys’ percentage being higher than girls’, both being shifted away from advanced mathematics. Students’ previous achievement has been recognized by the teachers as an important influential factor for students’ decisions to continue studying mathematics in senior high schools.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaking Waves, Opening Spaces
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
EditorsJodie Hunter, Lisa Darragh, Pam Perger
Place of PublicationAdelaide SA Australia
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781920846282
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 2018 - Massey University, Albany Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 1 Jul 20185 Jul 2018
Conference number: 41st (Proceedings)


ConferenceAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 2018
Abbreviated titleMERGA 2018
CountryNew Zealand
CityAlbany Auckland
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