Mathematics and science inequalities in the United Kingdom: when elitism, sexism and culture collide

Boaler, Jo, Altendorff, Lori and Kent, Geoff (2011) Mathematics and science inequalities in the United Kingdom: when elitism, sexism and culture collide. Oxford Review of Education, 37 (4). pp. 457-484. ISSN 1465-3915

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Abstract

An examination of gender, social class and ethnicity performance and participation patterns in different UK countries shows that inequities occur in relation to gender, class and ethnicity but that the patterns of inequity look quite different in the three domains. Achievement is equal for different genders but many more males take mathematics forward to advanced levels; social class differences persist in both achievement and participation; and ethnicity shows a varied pattern with some groups performing and participating at particularly high levels and some particularly low. This paper identifies some critical issues that we face in making mathematics and science equitable and begins to analyse some of the barriers that stand in the way of students who are female, and from some ethnic and social groups.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Lori Altendorff
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:33
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2012 08:47
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21279
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