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ERIC Number: EJ860617
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0965-948X
Rogue Males? Approaches to Study and Academic Performance of Male Psychology Students
Sanders, Lalage; Sander, Paul; Mercer, Jenny
Psychology Teaching Review, v15 n1 p3-17 2009
This three-year longitudinal study explored the approach to study and academic performance of a group of male psychology undergraduates. In induction week, 112 new psychology students completed the survey. Later in the year, some of the males were interviewed in small groups. Performance was measured from marks at the end of Years 1 and 3. In Year 1, compared with their female contemporaries, male respondents had higher self-esteem (p less than 0.01), expected higher marks (p less than 0.001) and anticipated performing better than their peers (p less than 0.05). In interviews, males described themselves as being less motivated and less organised than females, but did not consider this a problem. The only difference in marks showed males doing worse in coursework at Year 1 (p less than 0.05). However, significantly more males failed to complete the course. These findings are set in the context of concerns about under achievement of males and discussed in relation to research into transition to university. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (Wales); United States