POST 134: GENDER

Reasons Why Different Genders Prefer Different Subjects

  • 2. GENDER SOCIALISATION (IN THE HOME)
  • From an early age boys and girls are encouraged to play with different toys, dress differently, do different activities within the home and watch their parents have differing roles and responsibilities which culminates in entrenched gender sterotyping. Lobban (1974) found this gender stereotyping evident in children’s books and roles within the home. Best (1993) found this stereotyping remained unproven.

 

  • 3. GENDER SOCIALISATION (IN SCHOOL)
  • Shakeshift (1995) research found teachers of maths and science had lower expectations of girls than boys Various sociologists have noted than some subjects focus on gender-specific examples and use text books that emphasises male theorists . Boaler and Staples (2005) research found that maths was taught in a manner which was more suited to male learning styles.

 

  • 4. GENDER BIASED TEACHING
  • Kelly (1997) found boys dominated science lessons especially when it comes to using the equipment.
  • Kelly also found science text books used mainly male role models which stereotypes girls as a non-scientific gender.
  • Colley (1998) found subjects were still represented as either female (arts, humanities) and male subjects (science maths).
  • Colley noted changing subject content has an effect as the increased use of technology in music has increased male entries in GCSE music.

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