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Gender Differences in Mathematics Participation in Australian Schools: Some Relationships with Social Class and School Policy

Stephen Lamb
British Educational Research Journal
Vol. 22, No. 2 (Apr., 1996), pp. 223-240
Published by: Wiley on behalf of BERA
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1502066
Page Count: 18
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Gender Differences in Mathematics Participation in Australian Schools: Some Relationships with Social Class and School Policy
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Abstract

In Australia girls have been underrepresented in mainstream mathematics in senior high school. Yet is this true of all groups of girls? Using data gathered in four high schools, this study sought to document the extent to which girls' participation in mathematics varied depending on social class and school background. The results show that while girls are less likely than boys to take up university-preparatory mathematics subjects, particularly advanced mathematics, this is not experienced equally by all groups of girls. Social class has a major impact on girls' chances of studying specialist mathematics in the final years of school. Gender relativities are much weaker for girls from professional family origins for whom class background works to offset the effects of gender. School policy is also an important influence. In schools which have more liberal policies of curriculum access the gender gap narrows, whereas in schools which operate traditional academic practices of pupil management and curriculum organisation from the junior year levels, gender selection tends to be more severe. These results suggest that future work needs to focus not on whether girls as a group are more disadvantaged in mathematics, but on which groups of girls and in which school settings.

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