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Gender in Online Education

, , Marquette University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


Linguistics research demonstrates that men and women use language very differently. The differences between men and women's use of language can lead to difficulties in cross-gender communication. As in face-to-face communication, distinctive gender-related characteristics can be found in computer-mediated communication. While the gender gap in technology use is closing, differences in communicative style may account for persistent gender differences in participation rates in computer-mediated communication. If discussions in online education evidence gender differences, the consequences may be diminished learning and achievement for women learning online. This study seeks to answer two questions: Are there gender differences in the discourse of students in online education? Does it matter?


Hayslett, C. & Schweizer, H. (2007). Gender in Online Education. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 725-730). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 21, 2019 from .


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