Social Responsibility 12
Blog #6: Reflection – In which ways does gender affect students’ educational abilities?
Address the following questions:
- What challenges did you overcome throughout this inquiry project? How did you go about overcoming these challenges?
A challenge I had to overcome in my inquiry project was researching with an open-mind and ensuring my work was as unbiased as possible. As one example, it became quite difficult, as I am a female, a learner, and a student who has intentions of continued education, to remain unbiased when it came to discussing which gender may perform better when given access to post-secondary education. I found this inquiry project to be quite interesting, and even a subject that can surely be carried on into post-secondary research papers. Millions of girls around the world are being denied an education because they are exploited, discriminated against , or simply ignored. Millions of girls aren’t at school today because they shut out of education due to discrimination, poverty, emergencies and culture. I found that my challenge of simply researching my topic was being faced with stories and the discrimination women come across in developping countries to prevent them from having access to school. This was best represented in my troubling, yet leading, example of female’s disproportionate access. I learnt that the number one reason for that being discrimination (often through centuries of continued beliefs and familial lineage).
- How did this inquiry change the way you think?
Throughout this inquiry project, I learnt how much education plays an effect on young learners. It challenged the way I thought in two senses. First, that gender inequalities in education have identifiable resources in need of improvement, and was not simply a continued ‘belief’ that women and young girls should not have access to education. According to UNESCO, gender inequalities in education around the world are mainly determined by “poverty, geographical isolation, minority status, disability, early marriage and pregnancy, and gender-based violence”. And secondly, this inquiry project changed how I thought about school performance and which gender may take the lead. I found, as an example, that on average, boys outperform girls at school in developing countries. As another example, in Britain, working-class white, male -prominent students perform particularly poorly. They are even considered more poor at reading, less likely to go to university, and in countries such as China and Singapore, where their lead in mathematics is diminishing.
- How did this investigation impact your future decisions?
I believe that because I could relate with this inquiry project, being a female learner, that I took this research close to me and my views on access to education. Quite frankly, many students (from my research, that being specifically millions of potential students), would love to have a seat at the table. I have taken this into account, and it is my number one motivator during my academic times; to be a voice and later provide resources to those who are disenfranchised and not able to have an opportunity as myself and my school friends. Aside from my views on educational access changing, I also discovered the best way to sustain access to education in developing countries and developed countries is to provide educational resources. This was my best example because I saw how much of a difference books and literacy could mean to a school in an underdeveloped country, or how much the internet can mean to students such as our sponsor students from Kenya; who can now build connections through proper educational resources. Through this all, I think this inquiry project has further rendered my decision to work in the Child and Family sector of public policy, in my future.
- What impact will this investigation have on others locally and/or globally?
Access to education is a problem on a global scale, to some more than others, and therefore is a good investigation to any and all readers. I am quite proud of my work through this Inquiry project, and am certainly going to remember it, in the long-term! I am often asked how I am motivated to work hard and always put my best foot forward. To that, I honestly think a large part comes from the continents in my inquiry project, specifically. I think taking a readthrough of my inquiry project, you will come to realize the diversity in educational abilities throughout the world, and even will encourage you (whether current or previous student) to better grasp the opportunities you have presented to you. Now, this final round of research is additionally supportive to both my readers and young men/women in recognizing the privileges which come with their education. The gift of learning is often overlooked and seen as solely a stage in life. I would like to conclude my inquiry project by shining light on how both genders’ abilities can be (or are) a wonderful stepping stone into their futures.