How gender bias affects students?

Dr. Akers, Dr. Auten, Dr. Nolte

Why did we chose this topic?

We choose this topic because it is something we notice in classes almost everyday. It is something that has been affecting students for as long as schools have been in around. It is also important to understand that there is a major gap in education when it comes to different genders.

What teachers say/do?

In Myra and David Sadker's research, they saw teachers different reactions, teacher praises, providing positive feedback for a response; teacher remediates, encouraging a student to correct or expand their answer; teacher criticizes, explicitly stating that the answer is incorrect; the teacher accepts the wrong answer, and lets them move on. The Sadkers found that boys were far more likely to receive praise or remediation from a teacher than were girls. The girls were most likely to receive an acknowledgement response from their teacher.


Some argue on the opposite side. They say that boys are actually more socialized than girls. They say this because across the country, boys have never been in more trouble: They earn 70 percent of the D's and F's that teachers dole out. They make up two thirds of students labeled "learning disabled." They are the culprits in a whopping 9 of 10 alcohol and drug violations and the suspected perpetrators in 4 out of 5 crimes that end up in juvenile court. They account for 80 percent of high school dropouts and attention deficit disorder diagnoses

One difference

The seperation of genders in schools make students understand more throughly that girls are unequal to boys. Every time students are seated or lined up by gender, teachers are confirming that girls and boys should be treated differently, even if they are all going to the same place. It also shows that they cannot be in the same place at the same level because they are different.
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How it actually happens?

Teachers spend up to 2/3 of their time helping male students and talking with them. When boys talk out over girls it is accepted, but when the other way occours their are mainly negative reactions. Teachers will acknowledge girls but praise and encourage boys. Boys are more frequently cose for demonstrations in everyday classroom environments. When teachers ask questions, they direct their gaze towards boys more often, especially when the questions are open-ended, and up for debates.


What it changes

In classrooms male studnets get away with more misbehavior because teachers believe in 'boys will be boys', schools are perpetuating the oppression of females. There have been studies showing that females might be higher academically, however the inquality doesn't only have to do with learning but how they socially develop.

In classrooms girls are praised for being neat, quiet, and calm, whereas boys are encouraged think and be independent, active and speak up. It is taught to girls that popularity is key, and learn that educational performance and ability are not.

"Girls in grades six and seven rate being popular and well-liked as more important than being perceived as competent or independent. Boys, on the other hand, are more likely to rank independence and competence as more important."

Our solution

Though we didn't come up with one solid solution we did figure that a few things we could do at congress is have teachers do groups that are mixed gender more often and having teachers call on all students during classes to ensure that everyone is succeeding, and learning to the fullest extent. Though it isn't a solid answer we believe these are just a few steps that could be taken to level the playing field at schools.