[SydPhil] Reminder: Femal Under-representation in Philosophy @ Thu 1 May 2014 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Femal Under-representation in Philosophy
It is well understood that female underrepresentation is a problem in the  
philosophy profession. It is also well understood that the phenomenon  
emerges during students' tertiary education. What is less well understood  
is why philosophy has this problem. Several explanatory hypotheses have  
been proposed, which could either point to a single cause, or several  
causes that combine to form a "perfect storm" (Antony 2012). We can group  
these hypotheses into two families: "classroom influences hypotheses" that  
posit causes of the problem within the university and "prior influences  
hypotheses" that posit causes in students' experiences before they arrive  
at university. Since there has not yet been a mapping of these hypotheses  
in the literature, we will briefly survey each in turn. We designed the  
present study to explore the relationship between gender and individuals'  
views about philosophy at the undergraduate level during a first year,  
undergraduate philosophy course. Our aim was to find out whether it is one  
of the prior influences hypotheses that explains the female  
underrepresentation at the undergraduate level or whether it is one of the  
classroom influences hypotheses that does this work or both. Since it is  
common to all prior influences hypotheses that factors exogenous to  
tertiary level study in philosophy are responsible for female  
underrepresentation and since it is common to all classroom influences  
hypothesis that factors endogenous to tertiary level study in philosophy  
are responsible for female underrerpresentation, our study sought to test  
these two core claims. Accordingly, it was hypothesised that (1) at the  
beginning of a first-year philosophy course, there would be a difference  
between women and men's attitudes toward philosophy and (2) the impact of  
doing a first-year undergraduate philosophy course on women's attitudes  
toward philosophy would be greater than for men's.

When: Thu 1 May 2014 15:00 - 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Muniment Room, University of Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
     * Kristie Miller- creator

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