Using assessment data: does gender make a difference?

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Vale, Colleen M, Davidson, Kristy, Davies, Anne Carolyn, Hooley, Neil, Loton, Daniel ORCID: 0000-0003-4106-0555 and Weaven, Mary (2011) Using assessment data: does gender make a difference? In: Mathematics: Traditions and [New] Practices : Proceedings of the AAMT–MERGA conference held in Alice Springs, 3–7 July 2011. Clark, Julie, Kissane, Barry, Mousley, Judith, Spencer, Toby and Thornton, Steve, eds. The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, Adelaide, pp. 736-743.


Since 2000 gender differences in mathematics achievement in Australia have reappeared. In this paper we report on the achievement outcomes of girls and boys in a longitudinal study of reform in low economic scho ol communities. Analysis of st udent data to inform teaching was one element of student centred approaches implemented by teachers. Teachers targeted students’ next point of learning and more girls than boys participated in mathematics intervention programs. Growth in achievement was greater for boys than for girls in the primary years, and so the achiev ement gap that favours males widened. It is concluded that student centred approaches need to be gender inclusive. ------Mathematics : traditions and (new) practices : proceedings of the AAMT-MERGA conference held in Alice Springs, 3-7 July 2011, incorporating the 23rd Biennial Conference of The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc. and the 34th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc.

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ISBN 9781875900701 (print, v.1), 9781875900718 (print, v.2) 9781875900695 (online)
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > SEO Classification > 9301 Learner and Learning
Keywords ResPubID23393, gender equality, gender differences, mathematics education, government schools, primary schools, secondary schools, DEECD, Literacy and Numeracy Pilot in Low Socio-Economic School Communities, Victoria
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