The Answer Sheet: gender

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 12/06/2010

Willingham: Close to a magic bullet in education

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham writes about something that he says may come as close to being a magic bullet in education as anything.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 05/31/2010

Academic 'stereotype threat' is real -- Willingham

Boys outscore girls in standardized tests of science. For example, in the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress, boys did slightly better than girls at fourth grade, eighth grade, and twelfth grade. Quick, what’s the reason for the difference? It's not what you think. Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham looks at how gender plays into student performance.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:17 PM ET, 05/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 05/29/2010

Gender gap in higher education growing -- report

In less than a decade women will account for 59 percent of total undergraduate enrollment and 61 percent of graduate enrollment at the country’s colleges and universities and already have a dominant presence at every degree level, a new government report shows. But women still remain severely underrepresented in certain fields, the report shows, and young adult males still have higher median earnings than young adult females with the same levels of education at every degree level.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:01 AM ET, 05/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 03/23/2010

Why aren’t there more women in STEM?

A new report says that social and environmental factors still play the biggest role in the gender gap in science and engineering fields.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:15 AM ET, 03/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 03/09/2010

Higher ed gender gap seems stable--except for Hispanics

The gender gap in higher education--in which males represent 43 percent of traditional age undergraduates--has stayed stable since 2000, except for Hispanic males. Here are details of a new report.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 03/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 02/03/2010

'Why Boys Fail’ in school

A new book called “Why Boys Fail” makes the argument that boys are falling behind girls in American schools because kids are now forced to use literacy skills at ever younger grades and boys take longer to develop them. The author, Richard Whitmire, says the solution will take a “politically incorrect” decision by Education Secretary Arne Duncan that requires the federal government to admit the problem for the first time.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:55 PM ET, 02/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 AM ET, 01/26/2010

College gender gap stabilizing?

A new analysis shows that the gender gap in college appears to be stabilizing for every group except Hispanics after years of rising concern that the male undergraduate minority was dwindling. The non-profit American Council on Education crunched data and found evidence to suggest that the gender gap has remained stable since about 2000, when men represented 43 percent of enrollment and earned 43 percent of the awarded bachelor’s degrees. It is only among Hispanics that the percentage of females continues to grow.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:30 AM ET, 01/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 11/18/2009

Gender and College Admissions: William and Mary Dean Talks Back

Yesterday I discussed why boys have an easier time than girls getting accepted to college at some schools. Part of that post included admissions statistics for the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where boys have an easier time getting in because more girls apply. Following, William and Mary Admission Dean Henry Broaddus talks back, explaining why the school does what it does. Read it and tell us what you think.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:39 AM ET, 11/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 11/17/2009

Do college admissions officers discriminate against girls?

Is it easier for boys to get accepted into college than it is for girls? You may be surprised to learn that the answer is yes, at least at some colleges. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has just begun investigating admissions practices to see if schools are favoring boys. It is starting by looking at admissions records from a dozen unnamed universities, mostly in the Washington, D.C. area, according to a recent report from Inside Higher Ed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 11/17/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)