Mayormente las nenas : Gendered discourses in online and offline educational settings
Zaira R. Arvelo Alicea, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez , United States
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez . Awarded
This ethnographic case study explored the ways in which gendered discourses were enacted by students in an English language classroom and their corresponding educational weblogs. The participants were 18 pre-basic English students from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Data was collected through six months of classroom and weblogs observations and through semi-structured interviews with a subsample of participants. This study was framed through a feminist poststructuralist paradigm and employed critical discourse analysis methodology to address the participants’ gendered discourses across contexts. The analysis of the participants’ discourses in the classroom and their weblogs demonstrated these were markedly patterned by gender. In the classroom, females engaged in conventional modes of classroom participation while males were characterized by unconventional modes. Similarly, in the weblogs females modified the visual components of their weblogs and posted more entries; whereas, males preserved their weblogs in their original layout and barely published any entries.
Arvelo Alicea, Z.R. Mayormente las nenas : Gendered discourses in online and offline educational settings. Master's thesis, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez.
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