Gender, Genre Variation and Young Writers: Detecting Stereotype Effects

By Eleni Griva, Klio Semoglou and Panayiotis Panteli.

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In this study an attempt was made to explore possible variation between male and female primary school students’ writing in English as a foreign language. It aims at a) identifying the relationship between gender and discourse genre, b) describing the various ways in which male and female students use language to write a text, c) recording possible differences between male and female students’ written texts at a text, sentence and word level, d) exploring the cues employed in gendering primary school students based on their written texts. The study was conducted through the two following stages: Ιn the first stage of the study, 220 Greek speaking 6th grade students (110 boys, 110 girls, M=11.6 years-old, SD=0.45) from primary schools in Greece and in Cyprus participated. Five text genres were given to the students to select and cope with. In the second stage of the study, 20 student teachers (10 men and 10 women) were assigned to judge these texts for masculinity/femininity. Furthermore, the student teachers were interviewed to clarify their judges. The results extracted from the textual analysis indicated significant differences between boys and girls in the genre selection, lexical features, as well as they highlighted gender – related features in the content of the texts. The results of the second stage of the study revealed that there were no significant differences between male and female judges in inferring writers’ sex through their texts and in adopting certain criteria to justify their judgments.

Keywords: Writing, Gender Differences, Genre, Stereotypes, Young Learners

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp.327-344. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.297MB).

Dr. Eleni Griva

Lecturer, Department of Primary Education, School of Eduction, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Florina, Greece

Eleni Griva is a Lecturer at the University of Western Macedonia – Greece. She teaches: ‘Methodology of teaching a second/foreign language’, ‘Teaching reading and writing’, ‘Bilingualism’ at the Faculty of Education. She has published a lot of articles in Greek and international journals on these issues and she has participated in many European and International conferences.

Dr. Klio Semoglou

Instructor, Department of Primary Education, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Florina, Greece

Dr. Klio Semoglou, is an instructor at University of Western Macedonia - Greece. Her main research interest is in complex movement behaviour, fine motor skills/graphomotor skills, eye-hand coordination and gender differences. She has participated in many European and International conferences and she has published several articles in Greek and international journals on these issues.

Panayiotis Panteli

Student Teacher, Department of Primary Education, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Florina, Greece

Panayotis Panteli is a student teacher (Faculty of Education - University of Western Macedonia. He has participated in some research projects concerning language learning and teaching in primary education.

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