GENDER DIFFERENCES IN ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE AMONG UNDERGRADUATES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF JORDAN: ARE THEY REAL OR STEREOTYPING?

The grade point averages (GPAs) of the University of Jordan undergraduate students from 2002 to 2007 were studied to determine gender differences in academic performance over the above mentioned period. Students' records (17,522 females, 8,600 males) were obtained from the registrar's unit. The data were analyzed to reveal the role of gender on the students' academic achievement. The results of the study showed that female undergraduate students were found to outperform male undergraduates in their GPAs. This result is contrary to the general Jordanian stereotypical beliefs about female academic performance in higher education. Implications and recommendations based on the results of this study were also introduced.

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