ERIC Number: EJ898481
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Reference Count: 34
Does Being a Good Girl Lead to Being a Good Student?
DuPre, Carrie P.
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v38 n1 p68-77 Sep 2010
More than half the students in American colleges and universities are women, yet gender inequality is still a reality on campuses of all sizes. The gender gap is as old as higher education itself, with the idea of the higher educational institution originating as an enterprise by men for men, isolating women and limiting their participation. Today, women still suffer as afterthoughts (Kinzie et al.). Mirra Komarovsky labeled this disparity the "gap between the rhetoric of equality and reality" and identified first-year female students as the ones who feel the negative effects of the gap the most. This study looks to examine social contexts surrounding first-year composition students to see if the time that has passed in the last two decades combined with today's growing numbers of women pursuing higher education make Komarovsky's initial labeling of the gender gap less relevant today.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Freshman Composition, Gender Differences, Females, College Freshmen, Social Influences, Sex Role, Classroom Environment, Active Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina