How do boys learn? Research Paper

How do boys learn?
A look at the differences in how boys learn and how teachers can ensure all students gain the understanding and skills to achieve the best results and succeed in life.
# 116970 | 2,915 words | 16 sources | APA | 2009 | AU

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This paper discusses physiological differences between the male and female brains which can affect how the genders differ in behavior. These can also lead to differences in how boys and girls learn. The paper goes on to explain how new pedagogic strategies are forming to teach boys and girls in different ways and give students more opportunity for independent thought.

From the Paper:

"Physiologically the male and female brains have many differences which effect how both genders differ in behaviour, interests, relationships etc. Some of these differences in the brain include the Amygdala which is larger in males and attributes to aggression. The Arcuate Fasciculus, Cerebellum, Frontal Lobe and the Broca's Area all attribute to females having stronger language and communication skills and taking in more sensory data from an earlier age than males. The Cerebral Cortex is thicker on the right side for males and left side for females meaning the male is often dominantly right brained (random, intuitive) and the female left brained (logical, rational). The left hemisphere being greater developed for the female means they are superior in listening, communicating and all language based learning. The Cerebrum is related to multi-tasking and is always active in females. Estrogen in females lowers the aggression and competition , whereas testosterone in males increases these traits . The Hippocampus is larger in females and increases memory storage. The Hypothalumus gives males a greater, more constant sex drive. Therefore, already from birth, males and females begin with separate attributes which will affect the way they learn at school. In general, female brains develop quicker than male brains, for example a pre-school girl will often read faster, have more refined motor skills and a larger vocabulary than a male peer . In terms of behaviour, due to testosterone, males aren't as good at controlling impulsive behaviour and girls are less likely to take moral risks. Males have more development in the right side of the brain, which provides them with better spatial abilities, such as measuring, mechanical design, geography and map reading . Physically, the average man is taller and heavier and 30% stronger than the average woman."

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