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TitleSelf-Perception and Attitudes of Female and Male Year 5 and 8 Students towards Mathematics
PresenterInge Koch (AMSI/University of Melbourne)
Author(s)Inge Koch \& Ning Li
SessionGender Equity and Diversity in Mathematics
Time13:30:00 2017-09-26

AMSI's ChooseMaths initiative comprises a multilevel approach to
increasing participation of women in the STEM pipeline and 
includes working directly with teachers and students across 120
schools in Australia, outreach activities such as \textit{Girls Enjoy
  Maths} days in universities and schools and a mentoring program for female
secondary students,
career awareness and celebration of achievements of mathematics
teachers and students at the annual awards day.
As part of this initiative we conduct teacher surveys which measure
teachers' confidence and competence in teaching mathematics at primary
and secondary level and student
 interventions and surveys in the ChooseMaths schools which look at attitudes
students and measure their changes over time.
The aim of the classroom interventions is to  increase
interest in, enjoyment of and engagement in mathematics of students from early
school through to the end of secondary school, since 
stronger interest and engagement will lead to more participation and
ultimately to higher 
achievements  or performance in mathematics.

In this talk we focus on the pilot study of 2016 and the first main student
surveys and interventions of Year 5 and Year 8 students in 2017.  The 
classroom interventions  include a pre- and post-survey and two
mathematics-related activities.  We describe the survey design and
questions, the intervention activities and the data
collection via mobile phones using \textit{Plickers} and show survey results
with emphasis on
the different responses of girls and boys.  Of particular interest
are the results which relate to the change of
self-perception and confidence of girls' ability to learn new
mathematics from the pre- to the post-survey. This change is
much larger than that of boys in the same school year
and is surprisingly large and encouraging.  The survey results show that the
increase in self-perception
and confidence is present in both year cohorts, although the Year 8
effect is smaller for girls and boys.  We suggest interpretations of
these results and discuss implications for  future research and intervention