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JLBC Discussion

JLBC Discussion

There is no significant difference across genders in self-reported measures of social awareness, and there is a substantial difference across ethnicities in teamwork preference.

Earlier, this study identified possible reasons why there would be a significant difference in gender across self-reported social awareness and feedback acceptance. The first hypothesis predicted that females have a strong perceived self-awareness level as they seem to pay attention to detail more. Atwater and Yammarino define self-awareness as the individual’s ability to assess others’ evaluations of the self and to incorporate those assessments into one’s self-evaluation. It was a surprise to find no significant difference in self-awareness across genders, as the results imply that men perceive self-awareness just as well as women. JLBC Cadets, these results are contrary to a study by Veslor, Taylor, and Leslie [36] that showed gender differences exist in both rated self-awareness and one of its subcomponents, knowledge of self. JLBC Cadets The results of this study do not suggest that the level of self-awareness is equal across genders, despite the fact there is no statistical significance between the two.

Regarding the second hypothesis, in the beginning, this study identified reasoning as to why some ethnicities would have a difference in teamwork preference. Although there is no specific definition for teamwork preference, Shaw and Duffy note that preference for group work is a dimension of the broader individualism-collectivism construct. It refers to the level at which an individual prefers working in a group rather than autonomous work. The second hypothesis predicted that differences in teamwork preference are related to the culture of different ethnicities, more specifically, between Hispanics/Latinos.

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