Education, Skills and Learning

Study of 1.6 million grades shows little gender difference in maths and science at school

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Rose O'Dea

PhD Candidate in Biology, UNSW

Shinichi Nakagawa

Associate Professor of Evolutionary Biology, UNSW

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 Two distributions – red and blue – show the same mean indicated by the peak of the curves. But the variability of the distribution is indicated by the width of each curve, with the red and blue horizontal lines showing the range of values for 95% of each population. The blue distribution is wider, which produces more outliers at the top and bottom of the distribution.
Image: Rose O’Dea, Author provided

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 The results of our analyses of gender differences in average grades (green) and variability in grades (purple). The green points to the right of the dashed vertical line indicate higher average grades for girls, and purple points to the left indicate lower variability in grades for girls. The bottom axis shows the percentage difference between girls and boys.
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 Gender distribution of student completions and academic staff in STEM fields (excluding Medical Sciences and Health). Source: Higher Education Research Data, 2014.
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