Research reveals that girls do better than boys in school

Research reveals that girls do better than boys in school

It may come as no surprise, but girls do better than boys in school, a new study found.

What's new: It holds true at all ages, in all subjects, including maths and science, said the American Psychological Association analysis.

And contrary to popular belief: Girls do not "dumb down" in secondary school. In fact, their advantage in maths and science starts to show there.

Researchers from the University of New Brunswick in Canada combined data from many different published studies and had details on more than a million boys and girls in more than 300 studies done across the world, including the US, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

They found that this pattern of girls getting better grades than boys in all subjects has held true since 1914.

The differences are the biggest in language and the smallest in maths.

juditht@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Feb 1, 2015.
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