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Title: Gender differences in Reading comprehension performance in relation to content familiarity of gender-neutral texts
Authors: Yousif Alshumaimeri
Keywords: Gender ,, EFL, Schema Knowledge,
language teaching
Reading comprehension
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: The Educational Journal, Kuwait
Abstract: This study investigated the differences between Saudi tertiary level male and female students of English as a foreign language in the comprehension performance of gender-neutral texts. 132 students participated in this study, performing two reading comprehension tests on two different types of gender-neutral text (familiar and unfamiliar). One measure was used to assess comprehension that is multiple choice questions. Findings reveal that content familiarity has a facilitating effect on reading comprehension. Male students significantly outperformed their female counterparts in both tests. Educators and policy makers need to consider these differences in order to avoid the possible creation of gender gap in the educational outcomes in a context of single-sex education.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/14283
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