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Mathematics and gender

McCormack, M.

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M. McCormack


D. Leslie

H. Mendick


Examining the differences in success at maths between boys and girls is something that we, as a society, seem to find endlessly fascinating. Whether boys or girls are getting more top grades, even by just one percentage point, takes on a special significance, as does the percentage of boys and girls getting a grade C or above. Yet whilst I argue that it is vital to think about gender and maths, it is also worth highlighting the generally small differences in results between boys and girls at mathematics (and, as Andy Noyes and Peter Gates note in their chapter, much smaller than differences by social class). Even so, these results are always seen through a lens of gender difference - of one gender being better than the other.


McCormack, M. (2013). Mathematics and gender. In D. Leslie, & H. Mendick (Eds.), Debates in mathematics education (49-57). (The Debates in Subject Teaching Series). Routledge

Publication Date Aug 29, 2013
Deposit Date Sep 10, 2012
Publicly Available Date Jul 5, 2013
Publisher Routledge
Pages 49-57
Series Title Debates in subject teaching
Edition The Debates in Subject Teaching Series
Book Title Debates in mathematics education.
Chapter Number 5
ISBN 9780415623834
Publisher URL


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