Size Does Matter…In Reducing the Grade Gap

As a staff member at an institution with a law school, I found this information very interesting. Research conducted by scholars at Stanford University Law School found that “class size and pedagogical policy have a considerable role to play in addressing gender gaps.”

They looked at the grades of both men and women enrolled in law classes from 2001-2012.   Of the 1, 897 students in the study they found that women scored on average .05 points lower than their male counterparts in large, lecture type settings. In smaller classes, there was no gap and men and women fared equally.   The author asserts that while the difference seems small and insignificant, it could make the difference between earning a clerkship or not.

I am curious as to how this translates into other disciplines.





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