Monday, November 27, 2006

Not Equal - Gender Differences in Learning from Male or Female Teachers

A teacher's gender affects students' learning efficiency - whether for social, emotional, or biological reasons. The proportions of male and female teachers vary depending on grade level and discipline, though, likely affecting other aspects of student performance, motivations, and future aspirations.

What to do about this? There probably will be no quick fix, as gender differences among teachers are fairly steady. It might be that the gender divide among teachers might make it more difficult for students to buck gender predictions - like girls in math and science, or boys in language arts. Parents would do well to be on the alert for this - and if appropriate, search for tutors, mentors who could help.

Hoover: How a Teacher's Gender Affects Boys and Girls Needed in class: a few good men

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