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ERIC Number: ED521657
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
Boys, Girls and Communication: Their Views, Confidence and Why These Skills Matter
Clark, Christina
National Institute for Literacy
This is the first large-scale survey of young people's views on communication skills in the UK. The purpose of this survey was three-fold. Since a search of the published literature had highlighted real gaps in knowledge, the author and her colleagues wanted answers to the following questions: What do young people think about communication skills? Are they confident in their skills and how important do they think these skills are at school, in the workplace or in wider society? This report explores these issues by gender. An online survey was conducted in June/July 2010. Overall, 6,865 young people aged 8 to 16 from 47 schools participated in the online survey. 46 were schools from England, one was from Wales. There was an almost equal gender split in the sample, with 51.5% of boys (N = 3,511) and 48.5% of girls (N = 3,309) participating in this survey. Findings reveal that while boys and girls agreed on the importance of good communication skills to succeed in life, at school, at university/college and in the workplace, there were some interesting differences between girls and boys in terms of their understanding of what good communication skills are, how they view these skills and how confident they are using certain communication skills. It is perhaps particularly interesting that boys generally rate themselves as more confident communicators with people in authority (teachers) as well as known and unknown adults than do girls. Boys also appear to be more concerned about the social implications of communication, being more concerned than girls about a perceived link between communication and intelligence for example. (Contains 7 tables and 6 figures.) [Funding for this paper was provided by The Communication Trust.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Institute for Literacy
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)