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ERIC Number: EJ863315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0162-6620
Advantage Girls: A Look at Women's Language in the Classroom
Meliza, Evette
Action in Teacher Education, v30 n4 p84-95 Win 2009
While others have focused on gender-based language and the workplace, this research study explores gender-based language, in this case women's language, and the classroom. The study specifically examines examples of women's language and how this language affects student response in the classroom. Five variables have been identified as characteristic of women's language--politeness, gestures, intonation, praise/saving face for others, and tag questions--and were used to evaluate the language of a female teacher in an Algebra II classroom. The data, consisting of field notes and transcriptions of audiotaped lessons, were analyzed for evidence of terms, expressions, and gestures associated with women's language. Observed student responses to the teacher's use of women's language were also analyzed. Findings indicate that the teacher used examples of traits associated with women's language throughout the lessons, as well as a range of intonation patterns and numerous hand gestures. Findings also showed that the students responded favorably to the teacher's use of women's language, as evidenced by smiles, relaxed body language, and voluntary participation in the lessons. This study has implications for teacher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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