ERIC Number: ED372118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
The Cognitive Value of College Women's Friendships.
Martinez Aleman, Ana M.
The cognitive nature, power, and educational value of college women's friendships were studied. As a means for dissolving the boundaries between the academic and intellectual, and as a place where autonomy and interdependence are in dynamic exercise, female friendships can provide a model for peer-assisted learning in higher education. Data were gathered through traditional cross-sectional survey means and through naturalistic and qualitative interview techniques. Subjects were 2 bisexual, 3 lesbian, and 38 heterosexual female college students. Six themes emerged from the interviews. For these college women, their conversations with a female friend served as: (1) a respite from academic stress and anxiety; (2) validation and support of their thinking and ideas; (3) testing sites for ideas; (4) risk-free testing sites for their ideas; (5) a source for different and diverse perspectives; and (6) sources of information and advice. Implications of the educative power of female friendships for higher education systems are discussed. (Contains 48 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).