Study: male biology students consistently underestimate female peers

From experience to meaning...

While people are often now talking about a “boys problem” with lesser and lesser boys succeeding in education, this new research from the University of Washington is all about another issue. Female college students are more likely to abandon studies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines than their male classmates, and this study suggests that those male peers may play a key role in undermining their confidence maybe in part because male students ranked their male classmates as more knowledgeable about course content, even over better-performing female students.

From the press release:

Published this week in the journal PLOS ONE, the study* found that males enrolled in undergraduate biology classes consistently ranked their male classmates as more knowledgeable about course content, even over better-performing female students.

The over-ranking equated to males ranking their male peers smarter by three-quarters of a GPA point* than their equally-performing female classmates…

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