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ERIC Number: ED214167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Pages: 65
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Sex Differences in the Freshman Composition Course at the University of Texas at Austin.
Meyer, Paul R.
A study explored the differences in performance of female and male college students in a freshman writing course. SAT verbal score, course grade, and scores on two precourse and two postcourse essays were collected for 180 students, of whom 87 were female and 93 were male. The analyses of the data examined the interactions among sex and various measures of writing ability and performance. On the basis of the precourse essay scores and SAT verbal scores, males and females were virtually indistinguishable in their performance, and at the end of the course, the females were only slightly better writers, at best. However, course grades were significantly higher for females. The study concluded that a sexually discriminating social mechanism, related to a sexual bias in the way instructors grade students in the course or to a classroom situation that enhances female performance in the course relative to male performance, may account for the difference in course grades. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A