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Gender Gap in Maths Test Scores in South Korea and Hong Kong: Role of Family Background and Single-Sex Schooling
International Journal of Educational Development (2012)
  • Helen Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Doo Hwan Kim, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Abstract
In many industrialised societies, women remain underrepresented in the sciences, which can be predicted by the gender gap in math achievement at school. Using PISA 2006 data, we explore the role of family background and single-sex schooling in girls’ disadvantage in maths in South Korea and Hong Kong. This disadvantage is found to be associated with single-sex schooling, but not with family background. Attending a girls’ school confers a benefit only in South Korea, whereas the gendered curriculum counteracts the selectivity advantage of girls’ schools in Hong Kong. We find that a gendered social structure prevalent in both societies.
Publication Date
January, 2012
Citation Information
Helen Law and Doo Hwan Kim. "Gender Gap in Maths Test Scores in South Korea and Hong Kong: Role of Family Background and Single-Sex Schooling" International Journal of Educational Development Vol. 32 Iss. 1 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lawhelen/2/