Gender Gap in Education - Research Guide

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Other UIUC Library Links

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Study Summary: The Gender Gap in Good Habits. Los Angeles Times. Link here.
  • Complete Article: Duckworth, Angela Lee and Martin E.P Seligman. Self-Discipline Gives Girls the Edge: Gender in Self-Discipline, Grades and Achievement Test Scores. Click one of the Online Full Text links from here.

Video: Dude, Listen to This! Engaging Boy Writers (48 mins) Alexander Street Press.

Other Web and Book Resources

Video: The Trouble with Boys (UK).

Sommers, Christina Hoff. War Against Boys. Atlantic Monthly. May 2000.

Book: Pipher, Mary Bray. Reviving Ophelia: Saving the selves of adolescent girls. [Library location: Undergrad. Call Number: 305.235 P661R1995]

Kohn, David. The gender gap: Boys lagging. CBS News: 60 Minutes. May 2003.

Schulten, Katherine. Why are women underrepresented in science and math fields? The Learning Network. March 2010.

Lewin, Tamar. Bias called persistent hurdle for women in sciences. March 2010.

Ojalvo, Holly Epstein. Why do boys lag behind girls in reading? The Learning Network. March 2010.

Kristof, Nicholas D. The boys have fallen behind. March 2010.

Transcript: Report aims to debunk myths on gender and education. PBS NewsHour. May 2008.

Swaminathan, Nikhil. Girl talk: Are women really better at language? Scientific American Online. March 2008.

Brown, Lyn Mikel. What about the boys? Wellesley Centers for Women. June 2006.

The Global Gender Gap Report 2011. From the World Economic Forum.

Strauss, Valerie. No crisis for boys in schools, study says: Academic success linked to income. The Washington Post. May 2008.

Blog: Gender and education by Jill. Feministe. July 2006.