Pinays Better at Math Than Pinoys, International Study Finds

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Pinays Better at Math Than Pinoys, International Study Finds


An international study revealed that Filipino women excel in Mathematics and do better in it than men. Two studies of the Trends in International Science and Mathematics Study (TIMSS), including the latest TIMSS data (2003), showed that Filipino students bested their male counterparts in the area of Mathematics, particularly Grade 8 Mathematics.“The Philippine girls performed significantly better than the Philippine boys, overall and in the items on Number, Algebra, and Data,” the study disclosed, adding that girls outwitted boys in Number, Algebra, and Data by a difference of three, four, and two percent, respectively. TIMSS 2003 is the third in a series of studies which offer state-of-the-art assessment of student achievement in science and mathematics at the fourth and eighth grade levels. TIMSS data aims to reassess countries’ programs in Math and Science, as well as examine and revise existing practices in curricular provision, textbook design, teacher preparation, school organization, and instructional practice.In terms of average percent correct score by cognitive domain, Filipina students bested their male counterparts in items involving Knowing Facts and Procedures and Reasoning by a difference of four percent and two percent, respectively. …

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