Attitudes and gender differences (assessment of performance unit)

Questions about how best to measure attitudes to mathematics, what their relationship is to performance and the extent of gender differtence in both attitudes and performance, are matters of ongoing discussion and research. This booklet outlines some of the findings from the APU mathematics surveys so far and is intended as a contribution to this important educational debate. 

The Assessment of Performance Unit was set up within the Department of Education and Science in 1975 to provide information about the performance of pupils in schools. Some of the findings from its surveys of pupil performance in mathematics, language and foreign languages were made available in this series of short reports written specially for the busy teacher.

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Author(s)Lynn Joffe, Derek Foxman
Age11-14, 14-16, 16-19
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