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Lee, Y. P., & Lim, T. K. (1997). Gender differences in mathematics achievement among gifted secondary students. In J. Chan, R. Li & J. Spinks (Eds.). Maximising potential: Lengthening and strengthening our stride: Proceedings of the 11th World Conference on Gifted and Talented Children (pp. 383-390). Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong.
This paper examined the gender differences in mathematics achievement among gifted students in Singapore. It focused on the extent to which psychosocial factors such as attitude and attribution could account for the variations in the gender differences. The sample of 362 Secondary 3 and 4 (Grades 9 and 10) students was drawn from participants of a Gifted Education Programme in three single-sex secondary schools. The instruments employed were the SAT-M, the Fennema-Sherman Mathematics Attitude Scales and the Mathematics Attribution Scales. In contrast to most studies, results on the analysis of the SAT-M showed patterns of gender differences favouring the girls. The strengths of the girls lie in content areas such as arithmetic and geometry. Significant gender differences were found in some of the mathematics attitude subscales, with girls attributing their success in mathematics to their ability and effort. Significant predictors in mathematics achievement for the female sample were also found to be confidence and intrinsic motivation in the learning of mathematics. The implications of these findings for the gifted programme were also discussed.
This paper was published in the 1997 proceedings of the 11th World Conference on Gifted and Talented Children held at Hong Kong from 30th Jul - 4th Aug 1995.
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