Skip to main content

Gender differences in adult numeracy skills: what is the role of education?

Cook, R (2018) Gender differences in adult numeracy skills: what is the role of education? Educational Research and Evaluation, . ISSN 1380-3611. (doi:10.1080/13803611.2018.1540992) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided. (Contact us about this Publication)
Official URL
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13803611.2018.1540992

Abstract

Previous research suggests that as societies empower women educationally, gender differences in numeracy skills will decline. Using direct measures of 56,142 adults’ numeracy skills from the Programme for International Assessment for Adult Competencies (PIAAC), this article studies whether this claim is evidenced across 20 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. Results show that in many countries, as education has equalised over generations, gender differences in adult numeracy skills have indeed declined. However, women’s advances in education have not always been matched by a reduction in the gender difference in adult numeracy. Contrary to expectations, gender differences in fields of study in further and higher education cannot systematically explain gender differences in adult numeracy. This suggests that to achieve gender equality in numeracy skills, societies must do more than empower women educationally. More research is needed on the educational policies, contextual, and life course factors contributing to gender differences in adult numeracy in post-industrial societies.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13803611.2018.1540992
Uncontrolled keywords: Adult skills, numeracy, educational gender gap, educational inequality, comparative research
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Lisa Towers
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2019 15:34 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 12:25 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/72784 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
  • Depositors only (login required):