Mathematics Education Research Journal

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 1–10 | Cite as

An exploration of gender differences in tertiary mathematics

  • Jane M. Watson


Data from 400 students in a tertiary mathematics course were analysed to explore gender differences on a number of variables associated with learning mathematics. It was concluded that while differences did occur on variables associated with confidence, self-concept, test anxiety and quantitative ability indicating a detrimental effect for women, compensating behaviour by women, including increased assignment work and tutorial attendance, resulted in comparable final course performance for women and men. These findings are discussed in light of participation rates of women in mathematics.


Test Anxiety Tertiary Level Mathematical Ability Mathematics Anxiety Explore Gender Difference 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane M. Watson
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  1. 1.University of TasmaniaAustralia

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