Research on gender differences in mathematics has received a lot of attention but has failed to explain important patterns across cultures and geographies. Most of the comparative research on this topic has been carried out at national level. In this paper, Italian gender gap is explored at intra-national level to understand if the national differences appear also at local (i.e. province, regional, and macro-area) levels and variations within the country are measured. A multilevel model of mathematics achievement tests administered in Italy in 2017 with grade 10 students (n=38120) confirmed the importance of the regional levels in the hierarchical data structure and revealed a strong interaction between local clustering and gender.
|Journal||Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics|
|Publication status||Published - 10 Nov 2018|