Mitchell centre seminar series
|Dates:||21 November 2018|
|Times:||16:00 - 17:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
Maths skills and confidence - What can explain the gendered mismatch?
While girls and boys perform similarly well in maths, girls have on average lower confidence in their maths skills, i.e. a lower perceived competence. This can result in lower motivation to engage with the subject, and in the choice to focus on other subject areas. Such differences in competence beliefs may in the long run play a role in occupational choices that lead to the large-scale occupational sex segregation in society, that is, to the tendency for men and women to work in different occupational sectors. Despite their importance and the attention that they have received in psychological theories we know very little about the social factors that shape differences in competence beliefs between boys and girls. Through the utilisation of multi-level stochastic actor-oriented models (SAOMs), this study analyses large- scale friendship network data from the Swedish subsample of the CILS4EU dataset (237 classrooms, 5,251 individuals, and 28,501 friendship ties at two time points) to analyse peer influence on maths competence beliefs of individuals, and the extent to which social dynamics apply differentially for boys and girls. Preliminary results show that friends’ maths confidence, their gender role attitudes, as well as them being of the opposite gender matters for individual maths confidence.
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