Journal Article: The gender gap and discriminating power in the national curriculum key stage three science assessments in England and Wales


Education, Sex differences, Science/Achievements, Student, Student achievements/Great Britain


Preece, Peter F. W.; Skinner, Nigel; Riall, Robin A. H.


1999, September


A study examined gender differences in science achievement. Data were obtained from students in year 9 who were taking the national key stage 3 science tests in England and Wales. The results revealed that the most pronounced gender differences, which were in favor of boys, occurred in the higher level papers taken by more able students; that the largest gaps occurred at this level in physics questions; and that the more discriminating questions tended to exhibit larger gender gaps in favor of males.


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