Boys are more confident communicators survey shows

The Communication Trust and National Literacy Trust carried a survey amongst eight- to 16-year-olds in the UK showing that more boys than girls feel confident about expressing their views in and outside of the classroom.

Of 6,000 children surveyed, 69% of boys said they were “very confident” or “confident” speaking in front of classmates, compared with 57% of girls. Further evidence shows that:

‘More boys than girls also said they felt confident “saying no to friends” (70% to 62%), “talking to new people” (67% to 62%), “explaining your point of view” (78% to 74%), “asking when you don’t understand something” (75% to 69%) and “talking with teachers (81% to 78%).

The only areas where more girls felt more confident were “talking to people online” (85% to 82%) and “listening to other people’s opinions” (93% to 89%).’

The survey was conducted as part of the Hello campaign, which aims to raise to profile of communication skills for young people across the UK during 2011.

Source: BBC News online

Gemma, Account Manager, dbda

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