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Gender differences in individual variation in academic grades fail to fit expected patterns for STEM

O'Dea, Rose; Lagisz, M; Jennions, MIchael D; Nakagawa, Shinichi


Fewer women than men pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), despite girls outperforming boys at school in the relevant subjects. According to the ‘variability hypothesis’, this over-representation of males is driven by gender differences in variance; greater male variability leads to greater numbers of men who exceed the performance threshold. Here, we use recent meta-analytic advances to compare gender differences in academic grades from over 1.6 million...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Communications
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-06292-0
Access Rights: Open Access


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