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Educator and author Gurian (The Wonder of Boys) and his co-writers argue that from preschool to high school, brain differences between the sexes call for different teaching strategies. While it's widely accepted that, in general, boys do better in math and girls in language, the authors claim that, until recently, society has taken the politically correct but scientifically inaccurate classroom view that children of both genders learn best in an "androgynous classroom." Presenting a detailed picture of boys' and girls' neurological, chemical and hormonal disparities, the authors explain how those differences affect learning. Although Gurian et al. address the problems of both genders, they focus on boys, contending that they are more difficult to teach and have more learning and discipline problems. The female brain, Gurian says, has a "learning advantage" because it is more complex and active, although the male brain does excel at abstract thinking and spatial relations, one reason why boys do better in math. Drawing on anecdotes contributed by teachers participating in a Missouri-based pilot program launched by the Michael Gurian Institute, the authors present a variety of methods, from pairing a language activity with movement for boys, to using role models to engage girls in academic risk taking. Throughout, the authors stress the importance of teacher training, arguing that regrettably few teachers are knowledgeable about this issue. (Apr.)Forecast: With a seven-city author tour to spark media interest and follows the huge success of The Wonder of Boys, this book will be picked up by parents eager to learn more of what Gurian has to say. Most Americans are intensely concerned about the state of our educational system, so the book could reach beyond its target readership of teachers and parents.
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Despite feminism and efforts to desexualize teaching, boys and girls persistently exhibit different learning styles. Based on two decades of research in 30 cultures around the world and the observations made at the Michael Gurian Institute at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, this book explores the reasons for those differences in processing information and learning. Part 1 examines research on the brain that indicates physical differences, such as male brains being larger and female brains maturing earlier. Part 2 offers practical, grade-level-appropriate advice for developing learning environments that accommodate boys' and girls' differing learning styles. The book notes the fundamental differences--boys are more active and physical, girls more verbal and social--but cautions against stereotyping children and neglecting the individuality of specific kids. It outlines the components of the "ultimate classroom," one that supports both sexes in learning, and illustrates with actual classroom experiences. Helpful tables outline different strategies, and the book encourages teaching teachers to "mentor both aggression and empathy." Useful for parents and teachers alike. Vanessa Bush
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Very interesting book. As a mother of 4 young boys and an aunt to several nieces I do in fact witness that girls and boys learn differently, which this author highlights within... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Taneika
This book is worth the purchase for parents who want to better understand their child's learning style. Read morePublished on July 12 2010 by Samuel Mystal
How can our children be best educated if behavior and
learning styles are sterotyped? No! It's impossible to educate with narrow minded beliefs about our sons and... Read more
As a math student in the 90's I had no problem understanding
y=x.Our teachers never said " y is the same as x" and the
girls never had a problem understanding... Read more
Gurian has an agenda to keep the status quo intact.The premise
of boys being more able at spatial and mathematical ability
comes from an old pop science notion. Read more
So sad we live in a world with so many labels and
Any teacher who applies this ...book to
the experience of a true life classroom is making a ... Read more
This author has much to say, but the limitations of a 2-cassette abridgment make it difficult to learn much from this audiobook. Read morePublished on March 30 2003 by Linda
An excellent resource for parents and teachers in understanding the difference in how boys and girls learn. In Elementary grade classrooms, many particle applications are provided. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2001 by Diane Gittings