Date of Award
Master of Science in Education (MSEd)
Education and Human Development
This thesis looks at gender bias in a sixth grade social studies classroom in order to develop a new strategy to minimize the gender gap and create a classroom environment that makes learning a success for all students. The author used student survey, teacher questionnaires and direct observation to gather data, specifically looking at the participation level of forty-eight female students in a suburban middle school. In order to obtain the goal of greater female participation, the results demonstrated that there is a need for more female historical figures in the social studies curriculum. Further research should be conducted on the impact of gender-based teaching throughout the whole school year to determine whether there is a difference between students' confidence levels from the beginning of the school year to that at the end of the school year.
Schaufelberger, Stephanie R., "Minimizing Gender Division in Sixth Grade Classrooms" (2007). Education and Human Development Master's Theses. 780.