Editorial Summary—No intrinsic gender differences in children’s earliest numerical abilities

Education: No gender differences in children’s mathematics
Editorial Summary—No intrinsic gender differences in children’s earliest numerical abilities

Girls and boys show no cognitive differences in mathematical ability during infancy and early childhood across multiple tasks. To compare boys’ and girls’ early mathematical thinking, Alyssa Kersey and colleagues at the University of Rochester and University of Pittsburgh examined performance on three milestones of numerical development: numerosity sensitivity, counting range, and early mathematics achievement. Researchers tested not only for statistical differences between boys and girls but also statistical similarities. Across all aspects of early mathematics development, boys and girls exhibited no statistical differences and instead generally showed statistical equivalence. The results suggest that girls and boys begin development with an equivalent cognitive capacity for mathematics.

The original research article is freely available in our companion journal npj Science of Learning here.