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Individual and gender differences in good and first-class undergraduate degree performance
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-07, 22:59 authored by Tom FarsidesTom Farsides, Ruth Woodfield
Corroborating recent findings elsewhere, women within a large undergraduate sample at the University of Sussex achieved a greater proportion of `good' (first- or upper-second-class) degrees than did their male counterparts. This female advantage disappeared when statistically controlling for the trait openness to experience and for study-related behaviour whilst at university (i.e. attending seminars and completing `non-contributory' assignments). Contrary to robust findings previously obtained elsewhere, only slight and unreliable evidence was found that men at Sussex obtained a greater proportion of first-class degrees than did women. Moreover, differences favouring either gender were unreliable across the subjects of study. Indeed, `subject gaps' often appeared more pronounced than `gender gaps', where present. We conclude that emphasis should be shifted away from research on gender differences per se in favour of recent approaches that more directly explore reasons for successful undergraduate performance. However, to the extent that subject choice is an important determinant of degree performance, gender differences in subject choice will continue to be an important area of research.
JournalBritish Journal of Psychology
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