The Gender Gap in Education
A review of the theory of the gender gap in a school situation.
# 88866 | 2,700 words | 10 sources | 2006 |
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Education (Development Studies) , Education (Social Issues) , Gender and Sexuality (Gender Studies) , Gender and Sexuality (Theories of Gender) , Education (General) , Gender and Sexuality (General)
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The purpose of this study is to examine the nature of the gender gap that exists between girls and boys at the primary and secondary levels of education. This paper first discusses some of the root causes that influence the development of gender stereotypes and the gender gap in science and math. It then examines some of the effects of this gender gap also within an educational context.
From the Paper:"Consistently, studies have demonstrated that gender stereotypes can have an effect on the ability of girls to excel in either science or math. Cultural perceptions that assume that those subjects are the domain of boys and not girls can have a deleterious effect upon the ability of girls in a schooling setting to pursue and master either of these subjects that are considered to be so crucial. Science and math constitute two of the core academic subjects that are taught in school, especially at the primary and secondary level. Despite the basic importance of science and math to education at these levels, studies seem to indicate that the current educational situation actually accentuates the gender disparities that exist between girls and boys regarding learning in science and mathematics."
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