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Equally prepared for life?
How 15-year-old boys and girls perform in school
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  16 Sep 2009
Pages: 80 , Language: English
Version: E-book (PDF Format)
ISBN: 9789264064072 , OECD Code: 982009091E1
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This report explores the educational performance and attitudes of males and females during childhood and adolescence. It opens with a general summary of gender differences measured outside of the PISA assessment programme and then considers the knowledge gained about gender-related issues from PISA 2000, PISA 2003 and PISA 2006 when reading, mathematics and science respectively were the major domains of assessment. Among the key findings: in reading in PISA 2000, females significantly outscored males in all countries; in mathematics in PISA 2003, males outscored females somewhat; in the combined science scale in PISA 2006, there was no overall significant difference observed between males and females. However, when examining the various science competencies, knowledge components and attitudes to science, there were some marked differences.

Table of contents:

Reader's Guide
Gender matters?
-Why study gender differences?
What Does the Literature say about Gender Differences from Early Childhood to the Labour Market?
-The structure of the brain
-Primary education
-Secondary education
-Tertiary education
-Labour markets
What Can PISA Say about Gender Differences?
What Did PISA 2000 Tell Us About Gender Differences in Reading?
-Student performance
-Trends in gender differences in reading between PISA 2000 and PISA 2006
-Student interest and engagement in reading
-Other gender differences found in PISA 2000
What Did PISA 2003 Tell Us about Gender Differences in Mathematics?
-Student performance
-Trends in gender differences in mathematics between PISA 2003 and PISA 2006
-Student Attitudes
What Did PISA 2003 Tell Us about Gender Differences in Problem Solving?
What Did PISA 2006 Tell us About Gender Differences in Science?

-The PISA science framework
-Student performance
-Gender differences within schools
-A typology of gender differences in science
-Computer-based assessment of science in PISA 2006
-Student attitudes
-Student background
-Future career orientation
-School organisation
Appendix A. Background of PISA
Appendix B. Data Tables
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