GIRLS AND MATH
In early 2015 I delved into international research around gender equity
in education. The research revealed trends in gender equity around girls
and mathematics and lead me to dig deep into the factors involved in girls’
achievement in mathematics. Below, I review my initial research and build a
context for a prototype of mathematics learning to develop a foundational
math ability and mindset toward mathematics learning.
The Programme for International Student Assessment collects data from 64
countries and economies on achievement and attitudes towards learning
subjects and reports their findings in the report The ABC’s of Gender
Equity in Education: Aptitude, Behavior, and Confidence published by The
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD, 2015).
PISA (2015) Findings Related to Gender Equity:
• Boys outperform girls in mathematics in 38 countries by an average of
11 score points, the equivalent of about 3 months of school.
• Top Performers: The gender gap is 20 points in math and 11 points in
science in favor of boys.
• In 2012, 39% of young men entering college for the first time choose a
science related (engineering, manufacturing, and construction included)
field of study, only 14% of young women chose a science related field