Re: Gender style and testing method

From: Barbara Pace (
Date: Tue Jun 01 1999 - 17:18:31 EDT

It would seem that the latter would be more amenable to women's learning
processes. I also think that the criteria for success in each situation would
also be a factor. To be successful in a shorter time frame might require a more
argumentative type of writing than in the longer time frame. Will the criteria
be different for each?

Assistant prof
U of Florida

Linda Purrington wrote:

> Cross-posted by Linda Purrington ( with the
> permission of Sara Keith:
> >Sara E. Keith wrote:
> >> In a comprehensive exam planning meeting this morning an interesting issue
arose. We have two methods for the exam: 1) the traditional short
answer/half day to write per questioner and 2) a single synthesis question where
the student gets the question and has a month to do a synthesis research/lit
review paper.
> Does anyone know whether women would test differently given these two methods?
It seems to me that the timed short answer style is less amenable to women's
aculturated learning processes, and I think I've read something on this before,
but can't remember where or when.

Any help?
> >> Sara Keith
> >>

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