• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Sociological investigation into why do girls do better than boys in school.

Extracts from this document...


Introduction The aim of my research was to find out whether the commonly held view that 'Girls do better than boys' is valid. There are many reasons for this. Some have argued that girls are cleverer and more mature. Others have argued that changes in schools have benefited girls such as coursework. Others argue that their friends who encourage a laddish and anti-education culture hold boys back. Finally some have argued that women's lives have changed over the past 30 years and they are more independent and career minded. This means that they have to do better in schools to succeed. These are five separate views and I intend to examine each in this coursework: 1. Boys swayed by anti-social behaviour 2. Girls are more independent 3. Girls work harder at course work than boys 4. Girls are more mature 5. Girls have more ability to concentrate than boys. I have chosen this topic because in my school, girls do better than boys and I want to find out why! Methodology Sociologists use a variety of methods to gather information. There are three main ways: 1. Asking questions such as face to face interviews and postal questionnaires 2. Observing people such as direct or participant observation 3. Examining secondary sources such as official statistics or studying existing books and research. ...read more.


Forty three per cent of young women gained two or more A levels or equivalent compared with 34 per cent of young men. A-Level Over recent years there has been an increase in the proportion of both young women and young men in the UK who gain two or more GCE A levels (or equivalent). This increase has been more marked among women. Between 1992/93 and 2001/02 the proportion of women gaining this result more than doubled from 20 per cent to 43 per cent. Over the same period the proportion of men increased from 18 per cent to 34 per cent. At A level, women outperformed men in virtually all subject groups in 2000/01. With the exception of only General Studies, English Literature and some languages, a greater proportion of women than men achieved grades A-C. Analysis My research does not produce definite reasons for why girls do better than boys in schools. Much more detailed research is required before definite answers can be given. Analysis of questionnaire From looking at the results of the questionnaires it is quite clear, that teachers don't strongly agree to the statement as much as parents and students do. Parents and students agree with at least one of the reasons, which I have said. But not all teachers agreed with one of my reasons. ...read more.


Also I could go and look at other school's and also look at the surroundings of each area, and see whether it is the surrounding/environment or whether it is the school's or whether its just the pupils themselves, to make it apparent that girls do better than boys in school. If I were to have more time I would research whether it is just the five bullet points that I have included or whether the is something bigger to make Girls out perform boys in school, to see whether it were to do with the school, the students, the teachers, the environment or whether it is due to the quality of the education in the country. Also I would investigate whether, during Mr Stead's lesson, was the outcome of the lesson due to the teacher or was it because of the children. I would also look at whether the outcome of the lesson i.e. the behaviour and the concentration of the students, would be the same in any other lesson. I would look at a variety of lessons e.g. English, maths, and science. And also non-compulsory lessons, e.g. Btec sport and art etc... I would see whether it was the quality of the teacher, or whether it is the behaviour of the children, or whether it is the lesson plan, which made the outcome of the lesson, how it was. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Sociology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Sociology essays

  1. I want to investigate the concept of the relative academic failure of working class ...

    This enabled me to sit in a classroom for several years gaining a first hand experience about working class boys attitudes thus giving me background knowledge, I will know if they were to put on a front or lie. However, this study alone cannot provide adequate information to inform my research.

  2. Free essay

    Sociology Coursework

    Some people for example an unskilled manual worker may feel ashamed of his/her job or some people may just not want to share what their occupation is with me. Another question in my questionnaire that people may not want to answer would be, "Do you smoke?"

  1. Is working class underachievement better explained by factors inside or outside the school?

    Douglas has seen in middle class households that if a child is given individual attention and encouragement this will then lead to a higher standard of learning. This is more likely to lay the foundations for higher attainment, and the environment provides a more stimulating way to develop a child's ability.

  2. To try and find out why girls are outperforming boys in GCSEexaminations?

    Different people have different opinions and give different reasons on why girls are outperforming boys. But the main reasons that most people agree with are; Girls are generally more organized they bring the right equipment and books/notes to the right lessons.

  1. Why are girls out-performing boys at GCSE

    Stereotyping is a popularly held belief about a type of person or a group of people which does not take into account individual differences. A child's success at school is based on where they are stratified. So the higher you're thought of by the teacher the better you do at school.

  2. I think that Girls are better at maths than Boys.** I ...

    I have added up all the boys and it has came to 170. So I am going to take each year group boys and divide them by 170 and then multiply 25 as 25 is how many boys I need a sample of.

  1. Sociology Investigation

    Who will I use in my research? I will use an equal amount of males and females, aged between 11 and 19 years. These all would be students from Kidbrooke School, who all would be from either White, Black and Asian ethnicity.

  2. Ernest Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying.

    so he becomes angry with them and shows it by slamming the car door and driving over every rut in the road. As Grant visits Jefferson, he begins to see that he should stand up to the injustice that the blacks are being subjected to by helping Jefferson to realize

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work