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ERIC Number: EJ780769
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0380-2361
Discourses of Difference? Examining Gender Differences in Linguistic Characteristics of Writing
Jones, Susan; Myhill, Debra
Canadian Journal of Education, v30 n2 p456-482 2007
Set in the context of international concerns about boys' achievements in writing, this article presents research that explores gender differences or similarities in linguistic competence in writing. Drawing on the results of a large-scale analysis of the linguistic characteristics of secondary-aged writers, we outline gender difference in the sample. The article explains the limited differences revealed through this analysis but highlights the repeated pattern of differences in boys' writing, mirroring parallel patterns in able writers. The findings are discussed in light of the prevalent discourse of difference that permeates academic, professional, and political consideration of gender and writing. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom