Many research studies suggest that male brains are different than female brains and that boys learn differently than girls. There even is evidence to suggest that at a young age, girls hear better than boys. This may significantly impact learning, especially when boys and girls are in the same classrooms. In addition to very real (though not always present) brain and learning differences, there are stereotypes about differences in the cognitive ability of boys and girls. And as seen in previous weeks, stereotyping can lead to behavioral differences on the part of both learners and teachers.
The preceding issues relate to a topic of importance and debate in education today: the very structure of the educational experience. For example, should boys and girls be segregated in the classroom, acknowledging brain and learning differences? Or, does gender segregation only reinforce the historical stereotypes about the differences in cognitive abilities between males and females? There is significant evidence for both sides of the argument.
To prepare for this Discussion:
- Review Chapter 11 in the course text, Gender: Psychological Perspectives. Focus on the gender-related differences and similarities in issues related to school, education, and careers.
- Review the research information (use the Research tab) found on the National Association for Single Sex Public Education website. Focus on the information related to use of gender differences from a psychological and biological basis but also look at related societal issues.
- Review the article, “Science Faculty’s Subtle Gender Biases Favor Male Students.”
- Consider how being educated in same-sex classrooms might affect the learner in the present, as well as in the future, educationally, psychologically, and socially. Also think about the impact there might be on society as a whole if everyone was educated in same-sex classrooms.
With these thoughts in mind:
By Day 3
an argument for or against the use of single-sex classrooms. Justify your position. Consider the effect on individual learners (educationally, psychologically, and socially—in the present and in the future of the individual), as well as the effect on society. Consider schooling at all levels: elementary, middle school, high school, and college. If your name begins with N–Z, take the “Against Single-Sex Classroom” side.
Many research studies suggest that male brains are different than female brains and that boys learn differently than girls. There even is evidence to suggest that at a young age, girls hear better tha
Db forum 3 Topic: Overview of the Four Gospels Question/Prompt: Having read through the four Gospels from beginning to end as four individual stories about Jesus, you will now be able to write a blog in which you describe and defend a imagery or lens, through which your Gospel writer has portrayed or characterized Jesus in his story. You are assigned a Gospel on which to work based on the first letter of your last name. Your thread must be at least 400 words. Students with last names beginning with the letters A–F will write on Matthew, G–L will write on Mark, M–R will write on Luke, and S–Z will write on John. Reply Prompt: Choose someone who wrote on the same Gospel as you. If they used the same image of Jesus that you used, add your own insights and understandings from your blog, in order to contribute to the conversation. If your classmate chose a different image to capture your assigned Gospel’s portrayal of Jesus, offer your own insights as to why you believe your interpretation of the Gospel’s portrayal of Jesus is more faithful to the writer’s. You reply must be at least 200 words.