Trinity Western University

The Leaders’ Series

Performing Gender in the Classroom: What Female Silence Tells Us About Education


What’s the connection between your gender and how well you do in school, at work, or at home? According to a substantial body of research, the way girls and boys are conditioned to speak may have a lot to do with it.

Dr. Allyson Jule will explore “female silence” in a variety of educational settings. The pattern is surprising given recent advances in feminist teaching methods and a shift away from gender generalizations and sex differences.

Dr. Jule will share some of her research, which shows that in the classroom, male students often “have the floor” while female students serve as attentive, silent listeners—ways in which they perform their gender. She’ll use three classrooms as case studies: a culturally specific Grade 2 classroom, two university classrooms, and an African classroom. These examples have implications for schools in general and for teachers in particular regarding what student silence tells us about the educational enterprise.

October 25, 7 p.m., TWU Richmond, Room 401/402


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Speaker

Dr. Allyson Jule Dr. Allyson Jule

Professor of Education
Co-Director
Gender Studies Institute

Dr. Allyson Jule is the co-founder and co-director of Trinity Western University's Gender Studies Institute, and the co-chair of TWU’s Gender Studies minor. She is also on the advisory committee for the International Gender and Language Association (IGALA) and serves as president of Canada's Women's and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministe (WGSRF).

Maclean’s  named Dr. Jule one of Canada’s top 10 professors for 2016. She was also awarded the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship for excellence in university teaching and leadership.

She is a continuing Research Fellow at the University of Oxford's International Gender Studies Centre, where she spent her 2015–2016 sabbatical year. She is the author of Gender, Participation and Silence in the Language Classroom, Sh-shushing the Girls, and A Beginner's Guide to Language and Gender.