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The importance of gender in education

OECD. PISA: Equally prepared for life? How 15-year-old boys and girls perform in school. OECD Publishing, 2009. ISBN: 9789264063945. Pages: 78.  

This publication begins with a general summary of gender differences measured independently from PISA assessment programmes. It then explores the educational performance and attitudes of males and females during childhood and adolescence, taking into account the knowledge gained about gender-related issues through the PISA 2000, PISA 2003 and PISA 2006 assessments. The report problematises a number of impending questions, like:

• Why do female and male students perform differently?
• What drives gender differences?
• Is there a need for gender-specific policies?
• Are there specific policies that would improve male or female student performance?