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Women more confident in girl dominated teams

Women more confident in girl dominated teams
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Female students perform better when in a small group that has an equal or higher number of women, says a study led by an Indian American researcher....

New York: Female students perform better when in a small group that has an equal or higher number of women, says a study led by an Indian American researcher. They found among other things that women, particularly first-year students, participate more actively and feel less anxious when they are able to work in small groups or "micro environments" that are mostly female or that have equal numbers of men and women compared to mostly male groups.

The researchers randomly assigned female engineering students to one of three, four-person groups of varying composition, 75 percent, 50 percent, or 25 percent women. Each group had one real study participant, always female, who was unaware that the others were engineering research assistants (RA) trained to behave in a consistent manner. The RAs evaluated the real participants' verbal behaviour in the team. The participant privately reported her worries, anxieties, confidence in her engineering ability, how visible she felt in the group, and her career aspirations after the team work sessions.

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