Role Of Gender Inequality In Educational Achievement

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Gender Inequalities in Educational Achievement Gender inequality is evident in many aspects of life. Some believe that men are predominantly better equipped for executive level positions in business, in religious leadership roles and industrial management operations while others believe that only women can be effective in the nursing field, as educational professionals and fashion industry leaders. These preconceived notions about gender superiority and inferiority begin even earlier than one might think. Gender inequality is evident among school age children’s achievement levels, beginning in kindergarten and continuing through their high school years. Research suggests that there are many contributing factors for gender inequality in school …show more content…
Because teachers are with their students for long periods of time each week, they are very aware of each student’s skills and abilities. This awareness can and does cause the teacher to form an opinion about the student’s achievement potential, and that in turn can affect how much time and effort the teacher is willing to devote to educating the child. Praise and criticism from the teacher can also directly impact the student’s response to the subject being studied. For instance, if a male student who is in the gender gap for reading, receives praise for each of his reading efforts, he would be more likely to score higher on assessments than if criticism were displayed. It is already known that boys tend to score lower than girls in reading and therefore praise has the potential to produce a more positive response in the boy, and the same for girls with mathematics. In the study mentioned above, one purpose of the study was to evaluate the possibility of a “perceptual bias” in mathematics. The study revealed that because teachers are aware that boys typically score higher in mathematics than girls and therefore perceptual bias was likely to occur. (Helwig, Anderson, & Tindal, …show more content…
There is evidence that the gender inequalities begin as early as kindergarten through second grades and can follow the students all the way through their high school and college lives, as well as impact their career choices as adults. These implications should provide enough cause to identify the areas of weakness, determine a plan of action and implement policies and procedures to extinguish the gender inequalities before it becomes an

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