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The boys discussion: study success differences in Dutch higher education

Vorgers, M.J.M. (2015) The boys discussion: study success differences in Dutch higher education.

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Abstract:The gender gap in study success in Dutch higher education has existed for many years, but has shifted around two decades ago. Boys always seemed to outperform girls, but since the ’90 females started to catch up in higher education. In 2005, female students became the majority and seemed to outperform boys in terms of study success in higher education. Male students tend to drop out more often and take more time in completing their studies. The female advantage and the gender gap in higher education has still been growing till this day. Politicians and policy makers are currently orientating what can be done towards this relatively new phenomenon. This literature study tried to look at which policy instruments could be used to address this issue through affecting the learning environment of Dutch higher education institutions. Factors of learning environment have been identified and several recommendations have been made on which policy instruments could mitigate the gender gap. These gender specific interventions were based on underlying gender differences in (non-)cognitive skills, meta-cognitive skills, attitude, behavior and motivation.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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