Effects of gender and ethnicity on students' perceptions of mathematics and language study.

Menucha Birenbaum, Roberta Kraemer

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Investigated the perception of 4 subject matter areas (mathematics, English, Arabic and Hebrew) among Jewish and Arab 9th graders in Israel. There were 141 Jewish Ss (58 boys, 83 girls) and 183 Arab Ss (99 boys, 84 girls). Four aspects of subject matter perception were measured: affect, worth, gender typing, and perceived attributes contributing to success in each subject. Perception of matter was affected more by ethnicity than by gender. Arabic and Hebrew were more sensitive to ethnicity than the more school bound subjects of mathematics and English. Gender differences within the Arab sample were smaller than had been hypothesized on the basis of differences in gender role socialization between the Jewish and the Arab societies. Arab Ss placed nearly equal value on all subject matter areas, whereas Jewish Ss placed higher values on math and English. Results are discussed in light of the effects of educational opportunities on Arab girls. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-37
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Research and Development in Education
StatePublished - 1992


  • *Foreign Language Education
  • *Human Sex Differences
  • *Mathematics Education
  • *Racial and Ethnic Differences
  • *Student Attitudes
  • Academic Achievement
  • Arabs
  • High School Students
  • Judaism
  • Sex Role Attitudes
  • Stereotyped Attitudes


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