Gender Importance Of Gender In Education

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There is no denying that there are gender differences in education. Science, technology, engineering and math majors are all dominated by male students. According to the National Science Foundation, women earn less the twenty percent of bachelor's degrees in computer science and engineering and around forty percent in physical sciences and mathematics.One approach that by useful in examining this phenomenon might be the Constraint Preference theory described by Correll as the idea that when men and women make differing assessments about their own competency at specific task, they will also forge disparate aspiration for actives believed to require competence at these tasks. This theory can be used in order to explore the gender inequalities present in education and the role that teacher may play in perpetuating these inequalities, particularly in STEM majors.
Gender can be described as a status characteristic, or attribute that individuals possess to varying degrees, and as such, it has certain status beliefs, beliefs which link different status characteristics with varying performance and competency expectations. Gender is a relevant status characteristic in STEM majors because many common status beliefs support the idea that men are more competent and better equipped to excel in STEM majors. Due to the salience of gender in education, teachers can potentially strengthen the gender inequality present in STEM majors. Science instructors, in particular, tend to view their
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