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ERIC Number: ED358483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 9
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Metaphors of Revolution: Gendered Definitions of Education.
Powers-Stubbs, M. Karen
A study examined the responses of 10 students taking Miami University's 1990 College Composition Proficiency Exam which asked students to evaluate their own learning experiences with teaching, learning, and knowledge in and out of school. Scores ranged from 2 to 12; all 10 of the examined essays received a score of 11. Five students were male, and five were female. The 10 students responded in gendered ways--even in the context of a structured writing task which is notorious for eliciting similar responses. One of the clearest patterns discernible in the essays was that women operate predominantly within a morality of care, while men operate within a morality of rights. The 10 essays can be positioned on a continuum, with the 5 essays written by females clustering on the end where the focus is on the human community, connections between people, and social responsibility; and the 5 essays written by males clustering on the end which focuses on individuality, autonomy, and achievement. Findings suggest that the students shaped the exam into their own ideological images, images influenced by social, historical, and political circumstances--including gender. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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