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Publication Type
Journal Article
UWI Author(s)
Author, Analytic
Evans, Hyacinth L.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Institute of Education
Article Title
The construction of gender and achievement in secondary schools in Jamaica
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Journal Title
Caribbean Journal of Education
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Reprint Status
Refereed
Date of Publication
1999
Volume ID
21
Issue ID
1&2
Page(s)
3-24
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Abstract
Presents results drawn from a qualitative study on gender and academic achievement in secondary schools in Jamaica. Sample was eight secondary schools; one grade 9 class in each school was observed and students, teachers, and principals interviewed. Describes the ways in which teachers and students interact in classrooms, the gender differences in students' behaviour and the ways in which these students constructed gender differences in academic achievement in the classroom. These gender differences were constructed in ordinary discourse, in expectations communicated and in teaching learning activities. This differential academic achievement by gender resulted from the following: unequal participation in learning activities on the part of girls and boys, unequal access to knowledge as a result of gender stereotypical choice of subjects, widening of the achievement gap between boys and girls as a result of the school's inadequate response to the reading difficulties experienced by bouts, and inadequate response to boys' reading difficulties (sarcasm, punishment, embarrassment) on the part of some teachers. Recommends the creation of a more gender fair environment.....
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