Journal article

Does advanced mathematics help students enter university more than basic mathematics? Gender and returns to year 12 mathematics in Australia

Joanna Sikora, David GW Pitt

Mathematics Education Research Journal | Springer Verlag | Published : 2019

Abstract

Students in many jurisdictions can study Mathematics at different levels in their final 2 years of secondary education. The levels of Mathematics range from standard (not involving calculus), through basic calculus, to more advanced treatments of calculus and algebra. In this context, some students can elect to study Mathematics at a level below their ability. We consider the situation in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, where most Year 12 students who apply to university are awarded a percentile ranking, namely the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). The ATAR reflects students’ results in the final 2 years of secondary education and frequently determines what they can study at unive..

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