ERIC Number: ED398650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
A Gender Study of Private School Students' Attitudes and Beliefs about School Life.
Literature emerged at the beginning of this decade indicating that girls' and boys' differential experiences in schools frequently marginalized the girls and had negative impacts on their futures. This paper presents findings of a study conducted in a New York City independent day school to explore whether and how student attitudes and beliefs differed by gender. The students came predominantly from middle- and upper-middle-class families of European descent. Data were obtained from a survey of 362 students (192 males and 170 females) in grades 4-12. Students were asked about their favorite subjects, class participation, how they spent their free time, work habits, how they reacted to criticism and compliments, their use of computers, and adjectives that most described them. The most disturbing finding was that both boys and girls reported that girls were held to lower standards in meeting some of their school responsibilities. The ways in which males and females saw their world, however, was more similar than different. Girls said that they wanted to participate in classrooms more often; both genders cited fear of being wrong as the reason for not participating. Females most frequently identified themselves as creative, caring, intelligent, polite, honest, and hardworking. Males most often identified themselves as athletic, humorous, creative, intelligent, polite, honest, and curious. (Contains eight references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).