ERIC Number: ED369486
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
He, She and I. T.: Groupwork in a Gender-Sensitive Area.
A study was conducted to explore the way that gender bias operates with 9- and 10-year-olds, and to propose ways in which gender equality and cooperation may be promoted through classroom interventions. Groupwork with computers was the curriculum area selected for study because computers are a symbol not just of technological progress, but of male power. The research was conducted in two stages. The first stage was a pilot study during which research techniques were tested and data analysis informed the development of intervention strategies to promote equal opportunity for males and females. These strategies were implemented in the second stage, with a different teacher who had much greater interest in gender issues. Observation and interviews were the main methods of data collection in both studies. The study concluded that collaborative group work is in itself an effective way of encouraging equal opportunities, if children, and especially boys, are encouraged to focus on their partners as well as the task. The problems of differential achievement of females and males, and working class and middle class children were addressed in the study, along with the issues of conflict, competition, interest, role models, and teacher intervention. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the British Educational Research Association (Liverpool, England, United Kingdom, September 10-13, 1993).