ERIC Number: ED388914
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Middle School Voices on Gender Identity.
Mee, Cynthia S.; And Others
Women's Educational Equity Act Publishing Center Digest, Mar 1995
This digest includes several articles relating to perceived gender differences among early adolescents. "Middle School Voices on Gender Identity" (Cynthia Mee) describes a study in which 2,000 middle school students in grades five through eight were interviewed with a 52-item open-ended questionnaire. Three statements from the questionnaire were the focus: The best thing about my gender, the worst thing about my gender, and the biggest difference between the sexes. Both boys and girls thought that boys can do more, are viewed as better, have different expectations, and have different restrictions. Boys thought of themselves as having a great deal to enjoy just by being a boy. They found little problem with being a boy and saw the biggest difference between the sexes as biological, with different biological restrictions and expectations. Girls struggled to find good things to say about being a girl and easily identified a variety of negative aspects. Eleven recommendations are made for teachers. Other articles are: "Looking Back--Toward a Practice of Courage" (Annie G. Rogers), and "A Positive Sense of Self for Girls with Disabilities" (Harilyn Rousso). Also included are a list of resource organizations and a list of WEEA resources for middle schools. (JBJ)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Disabilities, Equal Education, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Qualitative Research, Questionnaires, Self Concept, Self Esteem, Sex Bias, Sex Differences, Sex Discrimination, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Sexual Identity
WEEA Publishing Center, 55 Chapel St., Suite 281, Newton, MA 02158.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA. Women's Educational Equity Act Dissemination Center.