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Trends and factors concerning gender and mathematics in Australasia

Vale, Colleen 2008, Trends and factors concerning gender and mathematics in Australasia, in [ICME-11 : Proceedings of the 11th International Congress on Mathematical Education], [International Commission on Mathematical Instruction], [Monterrey, Mexico], pp. [1]-[8].

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Title Trends and factors concerning gender and mathematics in Australasia
Author(s) Vale, ColleenORCID iD for Vale, Colleen orcid.org/0000-0002-9070-7071
Conference name International Congress on Mathematical Education (11th : 2008 : Monterrey, Mexico)
Conference location Monterrey, Mexico
Conference dates Jul. 2008
Title of proceedings [ICME-11 : Proceedings of the 11th International Congress on Mathematical Education]
Editor(s) Trigueros, M.
Forgasz, H.
Chronaki, A.
Steinthorsdottir, O.
Sissel Gronmo, L.
Publication date 2008
Conference series International Congress on Mathematical Education
Start page [1]
End page [8]
Total pages 8
Publisher [International Commission on Mathematical Instruction]
Place of publication [Monterrey, Mexico]
Keyword(s) mathematics education
Summary For many years now gender differences in average mathematics achievement in Australia and New Zealand have not been significant in large-scale domestic and international studies. However there is some recent evidence, from Australia at least, that gender differences in achievement favouring males may be re-emerging and, despite some positive affective findings and trends with respect to affect and participation leading up to the turn of the century, a pattern of lower interest and declining participation in mathematics among girls is evident. In this paper, trends in gender equity with respect to participation, achievement and affect reported in the literature over the past decade will be presented and analysed. Of particular interest are the factors that may have influenced these trends. Findings from recent research will be discussed. However it would seem that the attempts made by researchers to explain these trends are either limited in their capacity to establish an explanation or imply a deficit view of girls. An alternate position on gender equity and explanation of these trends will be presented in this paper with the purpose of making a contribution to the debate on curriculum and pedagogy in mathematics education.
Notes Presented as part of the ICME-11: Topic Study Group 32 - Gender and Mathematics Education
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category EN.1 Other conference paper
Copyright notice ©2008, The Author
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