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Journal Article: The gender gap in language achievement: The role of school-related attitudes of class groups

Categories

Academic Achievement, Human Sex Differences, Language, Secondary, Education, Student Attitudes

Authors

Van de Gaer, Eva; Pustjens, Heidi; Van Damme, Jan; De Munter, Agnes

Published

2006, Sep

Abstract

The present study was designed to examine how the attitudinal composition of class groups is related to the gender gap in language achievement at the end of secondary education. Data were drawn from the LOSO project and multilevel analyses were used. The results showed that the attitudes of the class groups, and, more specifically, the attitudes of same-sex classmates, had a stronger impact on the language achievement of boys than on the language achievement of girls. No gender differences were found in classes where students had good relationships with teachers, were motivated, and where students felt integrated, whereas boys performed less well than girls in classes where students did not have good relationship with teachers, were not very motivated, and felt poorly integrated. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA ) (journal abstract)

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