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ERIC Number: ED550902
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 238
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2679-8798-3
A Qualitative Case Study on Gendered Language at an Institution of Higher Education
Fernandez, Neta
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, New Mexico State University
Researchers and scholars agree that women and men use language differently and that these differences can lead to miscommunication and conflict. However, there is a paucity of research related to gendered language between faculty members with a doctoral degree. This qualitative research focused on language used between faculty members employed at Southwest University (pseudonym), focusing on tag questions and hedges. The study was also interested in the perceptions of faculty members regarding the existence of gendered language within their departments. Three methods were used to triangulate the data and lead to emergent themes: observation, focused interviews, and reflective journaling. The research led to three recommendations: (a) create an awareness of gendered language, (b) create a positive and encouraging environment for females, and (c) create a task force at Southwest University to examine the possibility of a chilly climate for women faculty members. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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