High Achieving Students in Leaving Certificate Mathematics: Why has the gender gap widened?
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|Title:||High Achieving Students in Leaving Certificate Mathematics: Why has the gender gap widened?||Authors:||Roche, Aidan; Duffy, Gavin; Ní Shúilleabháin, Aoibhinn||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11688||Date:||11-Oct-2019||Online since:||2020-11-11T10:02:42Z||Abstract:||Research has identified a gender gap in the mathematical attainment of post-primary students around the world, favouring male students. In Ireland, following a review of the outcomes of a high-stakes examination taken by students at the end of post-primary schooling over an 18- year period, a similar such gap has been identified here and is widening. Data are presented to show that this gender gap widened with the introduction of a revised post-primary mathematics curriculum, colloquially known as Project Maths. This paper explores potential reasons behind the widening gap. Problem solving appears to be the pivotal issue and spatial ability may be a contributory factor. Addressing students’ spatial ability is explored as way to address the gender gap and enable students to reach their full mathematical potential.||Type of material:||Conference Publication||Publisher:||Institute of Education, Dublin City University||Keywords:||Curriculum reform; Mathematics teaching; High-achieving students; Leaving Certificate examination; Gender gap; Ireland||DOI:||10.5281/zenodo.3580973||Other versions:||https://www.dcu.ie/institute_of_education/Conference-Research-Mathematics-Education.shtml||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed||Is part of:||L. Harbison and A. Twohill (Eds.) Proceedings of the Seventh Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland (MEI 7)||Conference Details:||The Seventh Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland (MEI7), Dublin, Ireland, 11-12 October 2019||ISBN:||978-1-873769-95-9|
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