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How long will it take to have a 60/40 balance in mathematics in mathematics PhD education in Sweden?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics and Science Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9742-8908
Uppsala Universitet.
2016 (English)In: Proceedings of the 40th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education / [ed] Csíkos, C., Rausch, A., & Szitányi, J., 2016, Vol. 4, 251-258 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We investigate female participation in PhD education in mathematics. Nine of eleven subject areas for PhD studies in Sweden had reached a 60/40 gender balance in 2010, the exceptions being mathematics and engineering and technology. Using linear regression, we fit a growth model to the increase in the proportion of female PhD students. We show that mathematics has a slower growth rate in female participation than other subjects, and present differences can’t be attributed simply to a lower initial female participation. If current trends continue, it will take approximately another 15 years for mathematics to reach a 60/40 gender balance. 

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2016. Vol. 4, 251-258 p.
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International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, ISSN 0771-100
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Mathematics Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-142728OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-142728DiVA: diva2:1092729
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PME40
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