Title

Gender Differences in the Academic Ethic and Academic Achievement

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2005

Publication Title

College Student Journal

ISSN

0146-3934

Abstract

This paper investigates gender differences in the academic ethic and academic achievement among college students. We used survey data collected from students at a medium-size state university in the Southeast. Results of our analysis indicate that women are more likely to possess an academic ethic than men and that women also tend to have higher GPAs. Furthermore, regression analysis with GPA as the dependent variable revealed differences between men and women in terms of significant predictors. For women, active participation in student clubs or groups was positively associated with GPA. For men, employment was negatively related with GPA. We used Coleman's (1988) concept of social capital, Chodorow's (1978) psychoanalytic feminist theory, and Gilligan's (1982) theory of women's development in an attempt to build a potential theoretical explanation for these findings and to guide future research.

Comments

Copyright and Open Access: http://sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0146-3934/

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