ERIC Number: ED341980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Gender Differences: Let's See Them in Writing.
Boser, Judith A.; And Others
Research has demonstrated differences in the ways in which males and females communicate both in speech and in writing. A study extended previous research on gender differences in written communication to adults. Follow-up questionnaires were mailed to 277 people who had completed teacher preparation programs at the University of Tennessee. There was a 71% return rate--149 females and 48 males responded. Students were asked open-ended questions about the strengths and weaknesses of the program. Responses were examined for length, style, ownership (of ideas, etc., as expressed by "I,""me," and so on), abbreviations, completeness of response, solution (proposed for program weaknesses), and program satisfaction. Females tended to write longer, more formal responses, to use ownership terms, and to feel obligated to respond to survey items. No significant differences between males and females were found in the use of symbols and abbreviations or in the offering of solutions to weaknesses. The study was unique in that it was based on the written communication of college graduates in a voluntary task. Differences in findings from those of other studies may be due to the experience and education of the participants. (Two tables of data are included.) (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Tennessee; Writing Patterns; Writing Style
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Lexington, KY, November 13-15, 1991).