Gender differences in children’s math self-concept in the first years of elementary school

  • In the course of elementary school children start to develop an academic self-concept reflecting their motivation, thoughts, and feelings about a specific domain. For the domain of mathematics, gender differences can emerge which are characterized by a less pronounced math self-concept for girls. However, studies are rather sparse regarding the early years of elementary school education, hence, the point in time when such gender differences emerge yet remains a matter of debate. In our study, we found that the math self-concept of elementary school children (n = 81) declined from first to second grade. While no differences in math achievement were observed between girls and boys, it became apparent that girls’ math self-concept was already less pronounced than the math self-concept of boys in the first years of elementary school. Our findings emphasize the importance of considering such gender differences even at the beginning of school education.

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Author:Sven LindbergGND, Janosch LinkersdörferORCiDGND, Jan-Henning Ehm, Marcus HasselhornGND, Jan Lonnemann
Parent Title (English):Journal of Education and Learning
Publisher:Canadian Center of Science and Education
Place of publication:Toronto, ON.
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2013/07/12
Date of first Publication:2013/07/12
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2013/10/01
Tag:Math achievement; academic development; elementary school; math self-concept
Page Number:8
First Page:1
Last Page:8
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
Institutes:Psychologie und Sportwissenschaften / Psychologie
Angeschlossene und kooperierende Institutionen / Deutsches Institut für Internationale Pädagogische Forschung (DIPF)
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 150 Psychologie
3 Sozialwissenschaften / 37 Bildung und Erziehung / 370 Bildung und Erziehung
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 3.0