Gender specific education in 12 European countries – a comparison

Kristof De Witte, University of Maastricht, Netherlands; Oliver Holz, University College Brussels, Belgium

Because of differing levels of performance among boys and girls, gender adequate education and upbringing is becoming increasingly significant in various European countries. Earlier investigations demonstrate that there are distinct differences between boys and girls regarding their motivation. This comparative study investigates the opinion on gender adequate teaching among school children and teachers of both sexes through surveys in twelve European countries. The results show clear differences between individual countries. Teachers point out that girl can be motivated in different ways to boys.

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