Teaching the Male Brain: How Boys Think, Feel, and Learn in School

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Differentiate your teaching style to address learning differences between girls and boys in the classroom!

The author provides qualitative and quantitative research to show why boys learn differently and demonstrates how you can differentiate teaching strategies to help boys succeed. This easy-to-use handbook shows you how to:

  • Recognize sociological and neurobiological foundations of cognitive gender differences 
  • Look critically at curricula and teaching practices, evaluate how well they work with boys, and uncover areas where changes can be made
  • Develop educational approaches, based on research and classroom practice, that are responsive to the learning differences of both boys and girls

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Abigail Norfleet James taught for many years in single-sex schools and consults on the subject of gendered teaching to school systems, colleges, and universities. Her area of expertise is developmental and educational psychology as applied to the gendered classroom. Prior to obtaining her doctorate from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, she taught general science, biology, and psychology in both boys’ and girls’ schools.

Her previous publications include reports of research comparing the educational attitudes of male graduates of coed schools and single-sex schools, research describing the effects of gendered basic skills instruction, and a report of academic achievement of students in single gender programs. In addition, she has written on differentiated instruction at the elementary school level. She has presented workshops and papers at many educational conferences and works with teachers and parent groups in interpreting the world of gendered education.

Her professional affiliations include the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, the Gender and Education Association, the International Boys’ Schools Coalition, and the National Association for Single-Sex Public Education (Advisory Board Member).

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"James′ book provides the background science and sociology as a framework to explore what we know to be the case, that boys on the whole learn differently than girls. From the revealing vignettes that begin each chapter to the pedagogy of what works, this book should become the practical guide for all of us interested in helping boys succeed."

(Patrick F. Bassett, President 2006-04-26)

"A thorough and balanced approach to the research on boys′ educational needs.  The author′s knowledge of current research offers real world, everyday, practical suggestions for teachers who work with male students." (Charles M. Stillwell, Headmaster 2006-05-12)

"All children need just one caring educator in their lives. James is that champion for boys. Using research-based strategies, this book unlocks the mystery of how boys learn." (Wendy M. Pearre, Lower School Head (K-4) 2006-05-06)

“James focuses on naturalistic ways that many boys learn, describes a sampling of the extant research on gender differences in learning, demonstrates well a sensitivity to more diverse approaches to curriculum and instruction, and provides resources for teachers to make appropriate accommodations to all students.” (PsycCRITIQUES, April 2008, Vol. 53(17) 2008-06-12)

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