EDU 512 Analysis of Gender Bias

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Analysis of Gender Bias

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Analysis of Gender Bias

The performance of boys and girls is not so different at the point of entry in school but along the line this changes. Upon entry into school girls’ performance is either the same or better than that of boys (Sullivan, Joshi & Leonard, 2010).But as the quiz has shown the girls don’t keep up the good performance but they fade off slowly to the point whereby women make up only 20% of technology professionals and the number of women graduating with computer-based degrees has been on the decline since 1986.

There is great socialization in school that is based on gender: in such a way that children are told and treated as if they are different because of their genders. Children are told to line up according to their gender or when and when an act of sexual harassment is ignored and treated as a joke. This is affirming to the children that they are different and that is how they are supposed to view each other. At fourth grade girls and boys are likely to equally love mathematics and to develop a career in it later on but along the line girls are socialized into believing that being popular and liked is more than doing well in class and getting higher grades (Billger, 2009).

According to Jones (2000) teachers need to be provided with tools to notice their gender biased behaviors. Teachers should be encouraged and helped to eliminate all forms of gender bias in the class by not have a stereotypical way of thinking about students but give every student a chance and to treat them fairly. They should not treat girls as inferior or expect less from them just because they are girls.

Desire for academic achievement is one reason for the emergency of single-sex schools. According to Sullivan et al., (2010) boys and girls in same sex schools had a better performance than their counterparts in mixed schools. According to Billger (2009) girls who attend single sex schools are also more likely to specialize in traditional male courses such as sciences and mathematics.

References

Billger, S. M.( 2009). On reconstructing school segregation: The efficacy and equity of single-

sex schooling. Economics of Education Review 28:393-402

Jones, K., Evans, C., Byrd, R., Campbell, K. (2000) Gender equity training and teaching

behavior. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 27 (3), 173-178.

Sullivan, A., H. Joshi, and D. Leonard. (2010). Singlesex schooling and academic attainment at

school and through the lifecourse. American Educational Research Journal 47:6-36.




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