ERIC Number: ED319348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-19
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Perceptions of Adult Men and Women Students in Higher Education.
The research aimed to determine instructors' and adult students' perceptions of differences in men and women students' classroom behavior in higher education classes. A questionnaire was developed consisting of items representing classroom behaviors, personal attributes, a measure of overall student participation (not used in this analysis), and questions regarding respondent personal characteristics. A sample was drawn from four institutions: two public community colleges, one in a rural and one in a suburban location; a large private university in a small city; and a small private liberal arts college in a suburban location. Only adult students, defined as age 25 or older, were included in the sample of 200 students. Seven factors were identified which accounted for 54% of the total scale variance. They include verbal participation, learning orientation, dominating others, support seeking, self disclosure, self assurance, and sociability. The findings suggest that overall perceptions of differences in men and women students are small. Neither instructors nor students as a group indicated that women and men varied greatly on any dimension of classroom behavior. Includes 14 references. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).