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ERIC Number: ED414327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 19
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Item-Specific Gender Differences in Confidence.
Foote, Chandra J.
Very little research has been performed which examines gender differences in confidence in highly specified situations. More generalized studies consistently suggest that women are less confident than men (i.e. Sadker and Sadker, 1994). The few studies of gender differences in item-specific conditions indicate that men tend to be more confident in their responses to more ambiguous, problem-solving questions than women, and women are at least as confident in answering less ambiguous, factual-level questions (i.e. Lundeberg et al, 1994). This research also indicates that undergraduate men are not as well-calibrated to assess accuracy as women and more experienced men. The present study examines item-specific confidence using students enrolled in two sections of an educational psychology course. Twenty-six students in the in-service section have their bachelors degree in education and are returning for their masters degree for permanent certification. Thirty-three students in the pre-service section have their bachelors degree in another field and are returning for their masters degree in education. The results reveal no significant gender or experience level differences in accuracy, confidence, or calibrations. Implications and future avenues of research are discussed. (Contains 4 tables and 14 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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