Gender equality in educational achievement: an east-west comparison

Schnepf, Sylke Viola (2004) Gender equality in educational achievement: an east-west comparison , Bonn, Germany Institute for the Study of Labor 29pp. (Institute for the Study of Labor Discussion Papers, 1317).


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Data on educational access show gender parity of pupils attending primary and secondary
schools in transition countries. The first aim of this analysis is to examine whether the gender
balance in educational access translates also into gender equality in educational
achievement. There are several and very recent international surveys available measuring
pupils learning achievement and functional literacy in schools. These surveys are typically
analysed in isolation from each other even though they are very different in their design. The
second aim of this paper is to evaluate whether we find a robust pattern on gender equality in
achievement across different sources: the Trends in International Maths and Science Study
(TIMSS), the Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Programme of
International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). Besides a comparison of gender differences in
mean achievement for transition and OECD countries we discuss alternatives for translating
achievement scores into something easily understood. In addition, differences in boys’ and
girls’ achievement distributions and determinants of gender inequality will be examined.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Keywords: education, gender inequality, Central and Eastern Europe, PISA, TIMSS, PIRLS
ePrint ID: 39726
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Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 21:54
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