Jiyan Jane Fan
Class of 2027Vancouver, British Columbia
About- project on the stereotypes :] - pjsekai & writing enthusiast!
- "How are students at single-sex schools affected differently by gender-based academic stereotypes and stereotype threat than students at co-ed schools?" with mentor Roya (Working project)
How are students at single-sex schools affected differently by gender-based academic stereotypes and stereotype threat than students at co-ed schools?
Started Dec. 23, 2022
Abstract or project description
How gender stereotypes are perpetuated and encouraged in classrooms has been well-studied. With just a few gender-specific terms and some pushing of traditional ideas of gender, an educator has successfully put boys and girls back into the confines of “boys” and “girls”. With increasing awareness of such confines and fluid gender identity, attention has been turned to the classroom, where children can be segregated by and discriminated against on the basis of gender. When considering the effect of gender stereotypes in students, a typical image brought up is Lucas thinking that Alexa can’t do math because she’s a girl. What may not be considered within this unfortunately common-occuring illustration is single-sex schools. At one, will Alexa genuinely buy into the belief that her sex makes her naturally bad at math? Or does being educated in a largely female environment change the effect that gender-based academic stereotypes have on her? More broadly, are students at single-sex schools affected differently by gender stereotypes than students at co-educational schools?