Performing Gender in the Classroom: What Female Silence Tells Us About Education
What’s the connection between your gender and how well you do in school, at work, or at home? According to a substantial body of research, the way girls and boys are conditioned to speak may have a lot to do with it.
Dr. Allyson Jule, a professor of education and a co-director of the Gender Studies Institute at Trinity Western University, will explore “female silence” in a variety of educational settings. The pattern is surprising given recent advances in feminist teaching methods and a shift away from gender generalizations and sex differences.
Dr. Jule will share some of her research, which shows that in the classroom, male students often “have the floor” while female students serve as attentive, silent listeners—ways in which they perform their gender. She’ll use three classrooms as case studies: a culturally-specific Grade 2 classroom, two university classrooms, and an African classroom. These examples have implications for schools in general and for teachers in particular regarding what student silence tells us about the educational enterprise.
This lecture is the inaurgural event in The Leaders’ Series, a set of free community lectures designed to build and serve the local community and facilitate the exchange of ideas. These events at TWU Richmond will be a gathering place for thought leaders and community members to discuss issues of the day in business, leadership, feminism, education, politics, and much more.
Learn more about other lectures in The Leaders' Series at twu.ca/leaders-series.