Gender Matters in the Learning Brain

Here's more evidence that gender really does matter in understanding differences in learning and motivation. At right, the different structures are that are larger in male or female brains, and below, how the menstrual cycle (P proestrus, O oestrus, D dioestrus) was found to affect the selection of maze learning strategy.

All of this very basic research is a far cry from issues affecting the classroom, but an essential point still comes through, our gender affects how we learn and process information.

Studies of students show that boys and girls and men and women tend to differ in terms of intrinsic motivation, study strategies, and learning strategies - females tend to prefer cooperation, note-taking, and task mastery, whereas men are more likely to prefer competition and independent work, and challenge, and avoid note-taking as a study strategy.

Why sex matters pdf
Gender Differences in Learning Strategies of Business Students
Study Strategy and Gender
Does Learning Come in Pink and Blue pdf
A Teacher's Gender Affects Learning
Congressional Quarterly: Gender and Learning
Eide Neurolearning Blog: Boys, Girls, Different Brains and Processing
Eide NL Blog: Gender and Emotional Learning
Eide NL Blog: Boys and Reading

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