Boys and girl approach life differently and therefore it can be argued that major gender differences exists, however scientific studies have prove that this difference occur mainly due to different rate of biological development, understanding this will help overcome negative impact brought about by perceived gender differences. For instance, understanding the nature of brain development between boys and girls is different, helps in establishing that possibly there are differences in learning style between the genders. This is vital in developing gender specific teaching strategy (Gurian & Stevens, 2004). Similarly, understanding that there is a disparity in chemical and hormonal balance between boys and girls is vital in explaining gender personality difference. Nevertheless, the role of social-cultural and biosocial factor in causing this difference can not be overlooked (Feingold, 1994).
Differences in the Human Brain Development
Studies conducted on the human brain have established that at least the size of a normal human brain of a boy is larger than that of a girl by 8-10% (Lenroot et. al., 2007). Nevertheless, these studies have not ultimately agreed on which part of the brain is different. Possibly to overcome this weakness, Lenroot et. al., (2007) conducted a study in which they established the way the brain develops in girls is different from the way it develops in boys. It is due to this factor that major gender differences exist. For instance, in learning environment girls will view certain subject differently from boys depending on the part of the brain developed. The various stereotypes associated with gender differences currently in existence are as a result of not adequately understanding this (Fr...
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