New research on girls’ performance in math and science shows that the achievement gap between the sexes has widened. Some speculate that societal influences such as stereotypes and unconscious biases are the cause of the increasing gap, while others claim that genetic differences in the way male and female brains function is directly related to performance levels.
Do girls and boys perform differently in some subjects as a result of societal or genetic influences? What teaching methods are most successful in encouraging both sexes to achieve in any subject?
A version of this news article first appeared in the TalkBack blog.