I just started Renn & Hodges’ (2007) qualitative study on the first year experience working in student affairs. I think the article might help my research partner and me think of some scale questions for our quantitative study. More on this topic Monday!
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February 17, 2012 by sarahaspen
January 26, 2012 by sarahaspen
Concluding Yakaboski’s article today, I have highlighted a few of her key points which I find compelling.
How do parental roles affect men’s and women’s academic careers differently? Yakaboski nods to, but does not discuss the issue: “In addition, during the early years of employment, career interruptions due to childbirth affect women’s pay and promotions as the American work culture continues to penalize motherhood even though the social culture promotes it” (569).
According to my professor, the following is a great idea (he backs it up with studies, of course), no matter the gender gap situation: “giving greater weight to SAT scores, which benefited men more than women, who tended to be stronger in their writing scores (Clayton, 2001b)” (570).
When thinking of the gender gap and even “affirmative” policies for men, how can we forget the real minorities? Yakaboski writes, “For women and minorities (the former genuine minorities), being a minority meant the need to prove their merit through greater effort and determination. However, with men occupying the position of oppressed minority, the discourse does not focus on constructing higher expectations for them; rather, through power and privilege structures, the discourse encourages stereotypical gendered performance and behavior that opposes women’s merit-based opportunity” (573), emphasis mine. Instead, “educators and researchers need to focus less on the gender gap and more on the race and class gap that continues to be a concern in college enrollment” (574).
Who is really suffering from the gender gap? What might we gain by paying proper attention to the race and class gaps?
Yakaboski, T. (2011). “Quietly stripping the pastels”: The Undergraduate gender gap. The Review of Higher Education (34)4, 555-580.