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Gender and Educational Attainment

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Gender and Educational Attainment What is the meaning of the word "gender"? It is your sexual identity; it is the term used for the condition of being a male or female. What is the meaning of the "educational attainment"? This is the term used to describe how well a person is doing at school. Sociologists would agree that gender is the most important influence on educational attainment for many reasons, such as the females being more motivated than the males, changes in women's role and equal opportunities. On the other hand it is not all down to gender; it could also be down to ethnicity or your social background. Gender is an important effect, as it shows that girls are more motivated than boys. ...read more.


Secondly, changes in women's roles show that education is a main aspect in education. Reason being, the traditional role of a woman was to b a housewife and a mother. However, this role has changed, as nowadays women have the right to work. Although they still play the role of a housewife. This change in the women's role has increased women's motivation to get a better education. Thirdly, I will be talking about equal opportunities and the effects of it. Girls are achieving higher grades than boys even though they both study the same subjects due to the national curriculum. This makes both genders equal but shows girls achieve better than boys! ...read more.


Another reason is your social class. Many upper/middle class children do better at school than working class children. This is due to upper/middle class children receiving better education at a private school. They are provided with better facilities by their family such as computers and a working desk. At school, they are often given personal help, separately from other individuals. Whereas, working class children live a different life to the other social classes. They have a poor lack of facilities and may also have lack of space depending on the environment they live in. In conclusion, whilst there is evidence to show that gender is one of the important factors in doing well, this is not the only factor. As it shows that ethnicity and social class are also very important as it effects educational attainment as much as gender does. ?? ?? ?? ?? Leah-Kara Johnson 10v Sociology ...read more.

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