Gender, student confidence and communicative styles at university: the views of lecturers in history and psychology

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/41653
Title:
Gender, student confidence and communicative styles at university: the views of lecturers in history and psychology
Authors:
Robson, Jocelyn; Francis, Becky; Read, Barbara
Abstract:
This study examines the perceptions of 100 university lecturers in history and psychology regarding the impact of gender on their students’ achievement. Qualitative data were gathered from semi-structured interviews and analysed according to discipline and gender of respondent. Key findings were that most respondents (with the exception of most female history lecturers) did not believe gender had an impact on essay writing style but that it did have an impact on other aspects of undergraduate achievement. Twice as many psychology lecturers as history lecturers believed that women had superior language abilities, and over twice as many women as men believed that confidence affected student performance. Gender differences in communicative style and approach to study were also noted by many respondents. Educational practices (teaching and assessment methods, as well as the gender imbalance of many university departments) were highlighted as impacting particularly on the performance of women. The authors suggest that subject and gender perspectives are interacting here in ways that may affect student experience and performance across the university curriculum.
Publisher:
Carfax
Journal:
Studies in Higher Education
Issue Date:
Feb-2004
URI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1234567032000164840
DOI:
10.1080/1234567032000164840
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0307-5079; 1470-174X
Appears in Collections:
Department of Education Collection

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dc.contributor.authorRobson, Jocelyn-
dc.contributor.authorFrancis, Becky-
dc.contributor.authorRead, Barbara-
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dc.date.issued2004-02-
dc.identifier.issn0307-5079-
dc.identifier.issn1470-174X-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/1234567032000164840-
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1234567032000164840-
dc.description.abstractThis study examines the perceptions of 100 university lecturers in history and psychology regarding the impact of gender on their students’ achievement. Qualitative data were gathered from semi-structured interviews and analysed according to discipline and gender of respondent. Key findings were that most respondents (with the exception of most female history lecturers) did not believe gender had an impact on essay writing style but that it did have an impact on other aspects of undergraduate achievement. Twice as many psychology lecturers as history lecturers believed that women had superior language abilities, and over twice as many women as men believed that confidence affected student performance. Gender differences in communicative style and approach to study were also noted by many respondents. Educational practices (teaching and assessment methods, as well as the gender imbalance of many university departments) were highlighted as impacting particularly on the performance of women. The authors suggest that subject and gender perspectives are interacting here in ways that may affect student experience and performance across the university curriculum.en
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dc.subjectgenderen
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dc.titleGender, student confidence and communicative styles at university: the views of lecturers in history and psychologyen
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