Analysis of the HSC courses

See my last post for a link to my full data set.

Here’s a short list of the HSC courses (Male subjects at top, Female subjects at bottom).

  1. Software Design and Development
  2. Physics
  3. Information Processes and Technology
  4. Mathematics Extension 2
  5. Mathematics Extension 1
  6. Chemistry
  7. Mathematics
  8. English (Standard)
  9. Modern History
  10. English (Advanced)
  11. Biology
  12. English Extension 1
  13. English Extension 2
  14. Drama

The most interesting trend to me is the English / Maths trend.
As you move up the Extension courses, Maths moves towards more males, and English moves towards more females. Also, the sciences are spread throughout the list, which is interesting, because at my school I haven’t noticed any major differences between gender ratios in science classes.

And finally a note on my HSC study – it was going well until I opened my computer. 😦

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Published in: on October 10, 2008 at 1:25 pm  Comments (1)  
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  1. According to one of my friends from a previous IOI team, if you were to compare a trend regarding the International Academic Olympiads (Informatics, Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology), there are many similarities viz. the male-to-female ratio — that year (2005), the Informatics team was entirely male, and the Biology team was entirely female.

    Generally, if you grade the sciences in order of the degree of logic required (CS/Maths at one extreme, Bio at the other), you’d find that there’s a great similarity between the groups that do both English and Bio, and those that do both Maths and IT/CS. (With accompanied m-t-f ratios).

    –Chris


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