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Another Take on the Gender Gap

February 1, 2010

Stereotypes and lack of information are holding back high school boys from going to college, according to new research published by Judith Kleinfeld in the journal Gender Issues. Kleinfeld interviewed high school seniors in Alaska -- which has a very large gender gap. She found that some high school boys were unaware of the likely need for a college degree and that many believed that boys are just lazy or prone to peer pressure. In her article, Kleinfeld suggests that stereotypes may be limiting boys' ambition. Kleinfeld, a psychologist at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, has in the past clashed with women's groups by questioning research showing discrimination against female students and faculty members.

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