Blog Post #3 – Inquiry Research Round #1 – In which ways does gender affect students’ educational abilities?

Galicia Gordon, Research Paper: “The Abilities of Female Students in Education”
Social Responsibility. November 10, 2020


Many countries are far from meeting educational equality between the two sexes. Some female students are limited in what they can access, purely because of their identifying gender, while others are ridiculed for their efforts. This is a good starting section for raising awareness among women about barriers to education and even some gender specific privileges. This is the first topic of support for my research to first state some surprising numbers and the obstacles needed to overcome, such as a woman or a young girl in school. We examine four facts. First, women being more educated today than the last 50 years [1]. Second, the fact that female learners are still at a disadvantage in comparison to their male counterparts [2]. Third, fewer men than women enrolled in post-secondary education [3] [4]. Last but not least, the implications of loss in a female’s educational abilities, laying their futures [6].  

In a study with 126 countries from the Center for Global Development, women are more educated in today’s society than they have been before [1]. Gender gaps got wider before they were enclosed today. Young female learners are reaping the benefits of the Women’s Movement from the 1960s, easing access to equal rights and opportunities [6]. Female learners of our day-and-age are able to take advantage of personal freedom and independence [7]. 

According to UNESCO, they describe these gender indifferences as ‘an issue that can be resolved, with everyone’s efforts.’ [2] There are large gender gaps in access to, learning outcomes and the pursuit of education in many settings, most often at the expense of girls, although in some areas boys are disadvantaged. Despite the progress made, more girls than boys are still out of school. According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 16 million girls will never set foot in a classroom. In addition, women represent two-thirds of the 750 million adults without basic literacy skills [2] Some female students are limited in what they can access, solely because of their identifying gender, whereas others are ridiculed for their efforts [3].

In the majority of underdeveloped countries, women take the lead on entrance to post-secondary institutions. With this, arises the potential for long-term social cohesion and economic destruction [4]. In developed nations, such as the United States, degrees vary in each gender’s educational abilities. The Center for Child Development states, females sit along the 55% margin, whereas male learners lay along the 45% demographic margin line, [3] leaving a small discrepancy in terms of access. Enclosing the gender gaps we have today is not only a strong goal on its own, but also has implications on each student’s gender roles, come the future.

Reputable Sources:

  1. Evans, D., Akmal, M., & Jakiela, P. (2020, January). Gender Gaps in Education: The Long View. Retrieved from https://www.cgdev.org/sites/default/files/gender-gaps-education-long-view.pdf
  2. UNESCO. (2020, January 13). Education and Gender Equality. Retrieved from https://en.unesco.org/themes/education-and-gender-equality
  3. Stoet, G., & Geary, D. C. (2020, June 23). Gender differences in the pathways to higher education. Retrieved from https://www.pnas.org/content/117/25/14073
  4. Pekkarinen, T. (2011, October). Gender Differences in Education – Aalto University. Retrieved from http://ftp.iza.org/dp6390.pdf
  5. Women and Education. (2015, November 30). Retrieved from https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/89-503-x/2010001/article/11542-eng.htm
  6. Millennial Women Are More Educated Than Men, But Are Still Paid Less. (2015, April 10). Retrieved from https://statusofwomendata.org/coverage/millennial-women-are-more-educated-than-men-but-are-still-paid-less/
  7. Women’s Rights Movement – Britannica. (2020, November 06). Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/event/womens-movement


I will next be speaking about the differences in a male learners’ educational abilities. If you have additional research papers to look into, kindly leave your suggestions. I will gladly have a read through.

 

Galicia Gordon, Research Paper: “The Abilities of Female Students in Education”
Social Responsibility. November 10, 2020

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