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How inclusive is year 12 mathematics?

Sue Helme, Richard Teese
Sue Helme is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Education Systems (CRES), University of Melbourne. Professor Richard Teese is Director of the CRES.

This article examines year 12 students' attitudes to mathematics, their experience of the mathematics classroom and their views of teachers and their expectations of success, drawing from a longitudinal study of student achievement in Melbourne's northern suburbs. Despite a differentiated year 12 mathematics curriculum, there is evidence of inequity in students' experience of mathematics. Perceptions of mathematics classrooms and mathematics teachers, and expectations of success, vary according to subject, gender and social background. Implications for pedagogical and curriculum reform are discussed.

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Socially disadvantaged
Secondary education
Social classes
Girls' education
Boys' education