Sex Roles

, Volume 35, Issue 7–8, pp 489–506 | Cite as

Attributional patterns and perceptions of math and science among fifth-grade through seventh-grade girls and boys

  • Melissa C. Gilbert


A culturally and economically diverse group of fifth to seventh graders (n = 361) from Boston-area public schools rated their perceptions for liking and difficulty of core academic subjects, including math and science, and their attributions for explaining performance on a math test. Inconsistent with earlier work, girls and boys reported similar perceptions of core subjects, with all students reporting a relatively high liking of math and science. Girls' and boys' attributional patterns for success in math were somewhat consistent with earlier findings, but not their attributions for lack of success. Observations of the math and science classrooms in the study indicated that most teachers, aware of gender equity issues, attempted to teach their students in a gender-fair manner. This factor may account for differences between current findings and those from past studies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melissa C. Gilbert
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  1. 1.Wellesley CollegeUSA

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