High achievement cultures may kill students’ interest in math — especially for girls

A new study in Frontiers in Psychology suggests that high national math achievement combined with societal pressures contribute to how well girls and boys like math. Past reasearch has shown that achievement-driven cultures frequently correlate with less enthusiasm for learning subjects like math.

This study of over 500,000 eighth graders from 50 countries is the first to show that girls appear even more susceptible to this effect, providing insights into how to close this gender gap.

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