I know this book has been featured in the #education tab, but I wanted to make a post since I finally got around to reading it.
This book is a must read for any educator. Neuroscience has launched itself into widespread media attention. As teachers, you’ve probably seen different brain maps that show how boys and girls learn. I know I’ve been bombarded with pseudoscience proclaiming how boys and girls learn differently. However, that’s all it is, pseudoscience. Brain maps aren’t particularly good indicators.
In this book, Cordelia Fine, looks at each “scientific” claim or study that argues boys and girls are different. Fine goes through each claim and shows that these studies are either built on shaky premises or just plain wrong.
I’m sure you’ve heard how students should be split by gender for certain subjects. Fine discovers that this is a dangerous practice. Boys and girls score no differently on math, vocab, empathy, spatial-skills, etc. The only time they do score differently is when their gender is brought into play. For example, after checking a female box on a test, female students score lowering on math problems. However, when given the same test and stating everyone has a chance to do equally well, the scores between male/female were equal. This proves true on empathy tests (which are usually biased or poor indicators anyway).
This book will be a powerful resource for any teacher looking to defend the learning rights of boys and girls. Start dispelling gender myths in your school today!
Awesome. Looking into it. Thanks, Grayer!
(Trying commentary again.)
I want to read these studies. Want. Absolutely want these immediately.
See, this is what happens when you casually chat with me about research methodology while eating ice cream — this is what my spare time has been made of because I happen to know some very cool people. Then for a week and half all I want to do is devour research, dissect methodology, scrutinize studies, and soak up data. If it just so happens to be education-related, I’m on cloud nine.
Always be ruthless when looking at a study. Never accept the numbers someone hands you until you see how they got there. It also happens to make the results of whatever you’re reading that much more incredible when you can trace where they came from.
Now I need to go satisfy this craving for science…adding this to my library list immediately.