A comparison of achievement between boys and girls in a year 4 class in the core subjects of english and mathematics.
Harris, Delia Jayne
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.
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The issue of underachievement of pupils is not a new one. A generation ago its focus was on the underachievement of girls. In recent years the context of underachieving is concerned with the apparent underachievement of boys. The issue has been fuelled by the media and government departments alike. This research project is a comparison of achievement between boys and girls in the core subjects of English and Mathematics. It is based halfway through the primary phase using a small sample of children in a Year 4 class. These children represent a cross-section of high and low achievement in English and Mathematics within a large urban primary school, in a working class area. The research involves both quantitative and qualitative methods of obtaining data through statistical analysis and the interviewing of teachers and Year 4 pupils. It also includes the analysis of specific samples of the children's recorded work both in English and Mathematics. The findings of the research show no evidence of underachievement in boys for either of the subjects within the sample children selected. It actually highlighted boys' strengths in English, the subject in which they are traditionally thought to be weaker. For Mathematics there were no conclusive gender differences in achievement overall.
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