The use of linguistic space by boys and girls in secondary small group-discussions: Whose talk dominates?

Year: 2004

Author: Godinho, Sally

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper discusses gender-based differences in the ways that students in the Middle Years of secondary school use linguistic space in teacher facilitated small-group discussions. Preliminary analyses of the video-taped discussions, and more detailed analysis of interviews with boys and girls reveal boys’ domination of the linguistic space. However, teachers and students have very different perspectives on the way that gender construction impacts on the ways in which students engage in the discussion process.