Teacher-student interactions and sex-related differences in learning mathematics

Elizabeth Fennema*, Penelope L. Peterson

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Abstract

This study examined the teacher-student interaction patterns that were related to the low-level (LL) and high-level (HL) mathematics achievement of girls and boys. In December and in May, students in 36 fourth-grade mathematics classes completed a mathematics test containing LL and HL items from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. During January through April, observers coded the teacher-student interactions for six randomly selected students of each sex in each class. Many teacher-student interaction patterns that were related significantly to girls' mathematics achievement were unrelated to boys' mathematics achievement or were related significantly in the opposite direction. Further, teacher-student interaction patterns that predicted girls' and boys' LL achievement were not the same as those that predicted their HL achievement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-42
Number of pages24
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1986

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  • Education

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