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Other titles in the Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education series:
The Gender Gap in College: Maximizing the Developmental Potential of Women and Men (Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education)by Linda J. Sax
Synopses & Reviews
The Gender Gap in College
After four generations of legislation efforts, affirmative action laws, and consciousness raising—are women in college faring better today?
The Gender Gap in College is a pioneering book that reveals the ways in which the effect of college is a function of a student's gender and places the study of college impact within the larger discussion of the gender gap in higher education. The book is designed to serve as a resource for student affairs professionals, academic affairs personnel, and other campus practitioners and policy makers who are most concerned with ways in which "college impact" varies for different types of students.
Drawing on data from a sample of approximately 17,000 male and female students that represent 200 institutions, The Gender Gap in College examines the impact of college experiences, peer groups, and faculty on a comprehensive array of student outcomes. Author Linda Sax's approach is unique because she directly examines the interaction between gender and a variety of college experiences, a major inquiry which addresses the fundamental "individualization" question: do women and men respond differently to a given educational experience?
The areas covered in the book include academic achievement, self-concept, life goals, career development, physical and emotional
health, political and social attitudes, and satisfaction with college.
Remarkably, more than half of the 584 different "college effects" that are identified in the book are proven to be not the same for women and men. The Gender Gap in College makes it clear that we can no longer assume that women and men are affected in the same way by the undergraduate experience. This remarkable book points the way for more research on the topic for fuller understanding of women's and men's college experiences.
Book News Annotation:
Sax's (education and information studies, UCLA) text examines the ways in which the impact of college is a function of students' gender and places the study of college impact within the larger discussion of the gender gap in higher education. Drawing on data from a sample of some 17,000 male and female undergraduate students from some 200 institutions gathered over the past four decades, Sax explores how women and men differ when they enter college, how the gender gap has shifted over the past 40 years, to what extent gender differences expand or contract over four years of college, and how the experiences in college that influence student development differ between the sexes. For student affairs professionals, academic affairs personnel, and other campus practitioners and policy makers concerned with the variation of college impact on different types of students. Jossey-Bass is an imprint of Wiley. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Praise for The Gender Gap in College
"Linda Sax has produced an encyclopedic volume comparing women's and men's development during the undergraduate years. We believe it is destined to become a classic in the higher education literature."
—From the Foreword by Alexander W. Astin and Helen S. Astin
"Using findings from an important national data set, Linda Sax has skillfully crafted a definitive work about the gender gap in college. It is a major scholarly achievement that will be influential for many years to come."
—Ernest Pascarella, Petersen Professor of Higher Education, University of Iowa
"Linda Sax has produced a meticulously researched, carefully documented analysis that identifies many ways that college impacts men and women differently. This book will be an invaluable resource to researchers and practitioners seeking to better understand and serve traditional-age students at four-year colleges and universities."
—Jacqueline E. King, assistant vice president, Center for Policy Analysis, American Council on Education
The research for Alexander Astin’s landmark book, What Matters in College?(0-7879-0838-X) showed that student gender made a difference on more than two-thirds of the college outcomes examined. This book takes the next logical step toward understanding how and why gender influences the college experience Drawn from data on a sample of approximately 15,000 male and female students at 170 institutions. Takes a major step towards understanding how and why gender influences college outcomes in areas of academic achievement, self-concept, life goals, career development, physical and emotional health, political and social attitudes, and satisfaction with college.
About the Author
Linda J. Sax is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, where she serves as founding faculty director of the master's program in student affairs.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables.
About the Author.
2. Gender Differences among Entering College Students (Emily Arms and Casey Eznekier).
3. Gender and College Student Development (Alyssa N. Bryant).
4. Approaches to Studying Gender and College Impact.
5. Personality and Identity.
6. Political and Social Values.
7. Academic Outcomes.
8. Where Should We Go from Here? Implications of the Gender Gap for Campus Practice and Future Research.
Appendix A: Review of Research on Separate-Gender College Effects.
Appendix B: Analytical Approach Used for Separate-Gender Regressions.
Appendix C: Changes in the Gender Gap during College.
Appendix D: Squared Multiple Correlations, by Gender.
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