Bridging Cultures Institute 2002

FORUM 6
Discussion on Gender Differences and Learning Styles


Name:  Sharon/Claudette
Username:  Anonymous
Subject:  Gender Differences in Cognitive Abilities
Date:  2002-07-29 13:26:01
Message Id:  2415
Comments:
This presentation enabled us to think more about how we tend to sterotype genders unconsciously. We can now utilize strategies that can avoid creating negative sterotypical techniques in the classroom to alleviate that gender bias.
In reality, if educators are more thoughtful about their pedagogy and best practices, this will perpuate a successful environment.
Name:  Sharon/Claudette
Username:  Anonymous
Subject:  Gender Differences in Cognitive Abilities
Date:  2002-07-29 13:26:48
Message Id:  2416
Comments:
This presentation enabled us to think more about how we tend to sterotype genders unconsciously. We can now utilize strategies that can avoid creating negative sterotypical techniques in the classroom to alleviate that gender bias.
In reality, if educators are more thoughtful about their pedagogy and best practices, this will perpuate a successful environment.
Name:  Lois Mackey
Username:  See other posted comments
Subject:  Gender difference: Reaction to Morning Session
Date:  2002-07-29 13:37:25
Message Id:  2417
Comments:
Gender differences in the " Cognitive Abilities" of both female and males students was very interesting. Looking at how studies in the various perceptions was made (motor skills and tasks, memory, verbal and spatial abilities) ,may me question some of the final findings in relationship of male versus female in spatial abilities.However,the morning session overall had proven to be informative and beneficial,bringing to one's attention the possibility to judge our own students unintentionately when it come time for them to perform different type of tasks in the classroom.
Name:  
Username:  Anonymous
Subject:  gender differences
Date:  2002-07-29 15:07:42
Message Id:  2418
Comments:
kim's morning activity on cognitive abilities was a stimulating start to the material she had planned to present on gender differences along with psychology and the brain.for me personally she opened a critical door with relation to students gender and their academic performance on the pssa open-ended testing component. what kim discussed this morning maybe a direct avenue on how teachers may want to re- think along with administrative leadership and support. how students process information and create multi-facet ways to teach critical thinking strategies to both genders.if we understand their thinking process and adapt to their style we may see a higher sucess rate in the testing scores.
Name:  Claudette Stone
Username:  Anonymous
Subject:  Learning Styles
Date:  2002-07-30 15:07:47
Message Id:  2419
Comments:
Women's Way to learn suggests we acquire knowledge in various modalities.
I agree that I learn in silence, passive learning, received knowledge, subjective, procedural and constructive environments.
Certainly, I'm a vessel taking in, spitting out, sharing, collaborating and cooperating which is not necessarily a bad thing. Women can become empowered with knowledge by the above characteristics discovered in
Belenky's study.
Name:  Tom and Jerry
Username:  Anonymous
Subject:  Tom and Jerry
Date:  2002-07-30 15:11:42
Message Id:  2420
Comments:
We would rather eat Post cereal than post comments. Interesting that the differences in learning styles between the sexes is not as great as I would expect.
Name:  carolyn fitchett
Username:  carolynfc3@aol.com
Subject:  learning styles for women
Date:  2002-07-30 15:28:15
Message Id:  2421
Comments:
I wonder which decade did Belenky conduct this study/ research? I can't imagine women just thinking so little of herself. But oh yes, women in shelters,or those with low self esteem. This could be true of the other gender too.
It's interesting to learn these theories.
Learning styles are an important topic for teachers. We need to always be aware of student's learning styles and include activities/ content to address those styles if students are to become productive citizens.
It disturbs me to hear my colleagues complain about the worst in Phila. Public Schools when there is more positive. My question to them is," What do you do to help facilitate a CHANGE?" We need more than an interesting conversation about how bad it is. All students need caring resposive teachers.
Name:  
Username:  Anonymous
Subject:  Learning Styles
Date:  2002-07-30 15:29:35
Message Id:  2422
Comments:
I think the concept of learning styles is valid but very much overused and somewhat "overrated." My questionnaire results were similar to when I taken this kind of surveys in the past. As far as
Name:  
Username:  Anonymous
Subject:  Learning Styles
Date:  2002-07-30 15:29:48
Message Id:  2423
Comments:
I think the concept of learning styles is valid but very much overused and somewhat "overrated." My questionnaire results were similar to when I taken this kind of surveys in the past. As far as
Name:  Tunde and Tola
Username:  tunatol@yahoo.com
Subject:  Gender differences
Date:  2002-07-30 15:33:33
Message Id:  2425
Comments:
There is no doubt about it that there's a "difference" between male and female students in our classes. The only issue is how significant is this "difference"

One thing we can say is the difference in gender is more pronounced as the students get to the age of 10-11 years. This is in the middle school and subsequently in the high school.

We as teachers need to be sensitive to this phenomenon and try to provide some accommodation for this in our classrooms.


Name:  Randal
Username:  kr092389@aol.com
Subject:  Learning Styles
Date:  2002-07-30 15:34:55
Message Id:  2426
Comments:
I have often wondered why there has not been much emphasis made on developing lessons central around improving in a particular learning style that one appears relatively deficient. More or less, it appears far more contemporary and "pc" to mandate that an educator tweak his or her lessons so that the wide variety of learning styles in an indivdual classsroom are accommodated. However, it may very well be that this effort to somehow accommodate all is having a negative impact on the achievement levels of those who are able to more easily adapt to various learning situations. Last I checked, we all exist in a vastly diverse society. One that requires that citizens be skilled in a variety of ways. Some of these ways are inherently deficient unto the individual. Should we not, on occasion, be instrumental in helping those address these deficiencies. Curiously, it seems that many feel that constructing a personal educational program for each student is more advisable than attempting to seek to produce a more well rounded educational experience for that student.

I am clearly not in that camp.


Name:  Sharon Lee
Username:  Anonymous
Subject:  Sharon Different Learning Different Learning Styles
Date:  2002-07-30 15:40:17
Message Id:  2427
Comments:
Belenky interviewed women about their school experiences. His conclusion was very interesting to me. I could totally relate to how we all have different learning styles that either left us feeling unempowered or taking in knowledge and reproducing that knowledge. I agree that connected knowledge brings together all types of procedures together.
Name:  
Username:  Anonymous
Subject:  Learning Styles
Date:  2002-07-30 16:10:32
Message Id:  2428
Comments:
While interesting and informative I find that trying to teach to the learning style of each student is an awesome task. Rather having lessons
that address different learning styles throughout the year seems to offer an opportunity for presenting a topic in more than one way.


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