Essay about Gender Inequality Within The Classroom

792 Words Mar 10th, 2016 4 Pages
Gender in Education Who is smarter, boys or girls? Most of society would say that boys are. People view males as the dominant gender. When it comes to gender, there are differences. Deborah Tannen and Jesse J. Prinz express their opinions on gender differences by teaching styles, cultural beliefs, and the problems they pose in education.
Gender can be an issue in education. Males and females tend to learn and communicate differently. Tannen, who wrote You Just Don’t Understand, has done several experiments to find out how females tend to communicate verses males. Boys tend to play in larger groups. They are competitive, and make friends from the activities they are involved in. On the other hand, girls tend to hang out in smaller groups. They prefer making friendships by opening up and sharing personal information. The tendencies apply in the classroom as well. For example, Tannen constructed an experiment. She observed that the boys in her classroom were participating far more than the girls, she broke the classroom up into small groups. Within the the small groups, she separated the students into three different categories: one by degree program, one by gender, and the one by conversational style. She observed that the women were now talking and participating. One female student even said, “I was overwhelmed by how talkative the female students were in the female-only group” (Tannen 372). Tannen concluded how a larger setting makes women feel uncomfortable speaking out…

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