ERIC Number: ED479384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Chilly Classrooms for Female Undergraduate Students at a Research University: A Question of Method?
Allan, Elizabeth J.; Madden, Mary
The question of whether or not a "chilly" classroom environment exists for female college students was studied in selected disciplines at a university. Also explored was whether the research approach, survey or focus groups, revealed different things about the question. The study was conducted with undergraduate women students in six different disciplinary areas at a land grant university. Responses were received from 396 female students to a Web-administered questionnaire (41% response rate) and 6 focus groups, with a total of 20 participants, were conducted. Analyses of survey data do not unequivocally indicate the presence or absence of the chilly classroom climate, although survey responses suggest that this occurs in some disciplines. Focus group responses do suggest that behaviors characteristic of chilly classroom climates occur across disciplinary groups, and even disciplines with a female majority were not free of chilly classroom behaviors. Findings support the contention that research methods are important in assessing classroom climates. (Contains 25 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 (Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003).