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Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) (36th, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2013)

This paper explores the decline in boys' participation in post-compulsory rigorous mathematics using the perspectives of eight experienced teachers at an independent, boys' College located in Brisbane, Queensland. This study coincides with concerns regarding the decline in suitably qualified tertiary graduates with requisite mathematical skills and abilities to meet increasing employment demands and opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. Individual interviews and a focus-group interview with teachers in various curriculum leadership, careers/counselling, and mathematics teaching roles revealed.

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Males, Focus Groups, Teacher Attitudes, Semi Structured Interviews, Coding, School Culture, Expectation, Postsecondary Education, College Mathematics, Student Attitudes, Values, Beliefs, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Relevance (Education), College Faculty

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Author: Easey, Michael

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