Biological: Hormones & Genetics
To Start: Video 10 Minutes
Using the clip
and knowledge of
approach in five
key words or
the words if you
Androgyny: Behaviours which include high
levels of both masculine and feminine
Some individuals may have been exposed
prenatally to abnormal hormones (intersex).
For example Batista family – (Androgen
While the Batista family, support the idea that
it is biology which predetermines gender,
other studies on androgyny have different
views. Could nurture play a role also…?
Today we will consider…
• What are the key studies for the biological
• How can they be evaluated? (A03)
• What evidence is there for and against the
biological explanation of gender? (AO2)
• How can the biological approach be evaluated in
terms of A02?
Task: The AO2 (& AO3) Accelerator! 25 Minutes
Read the key studies you’ve been given
and think about how they can be used for
evaluation of the Biological approach. You
can work in pairs for this if you wish.
Think about how the studies themselves
can be evaluated and how the biological
approach can be evaluated as a whole.
Make an Evaluation Mobile including:
- AO2 Key Studies (Support or Refute)
- AO3 Evaluation of studies
- AO2 Evaluation of the Bio Approach
Biological Approach to
• Batista Family, Imperato-McGinely
• David Reimer, Money & Ehrhardt
• Deady et al. (2006)
• Money & Ehrhardt (1972) = nurture
• Hines (1994)
• Real world application/implications • Outcomes for individuals with
genetic abnormalities result from
combination of sex, hormones,
rearing and socialisation.
• Case studies = in depth
• Animal Studies – Generalisable?
• Case Studies – Generalisable?
To Finish: Silent Debate! 10 Minutes
Around the room there are
arguments from the
perspective of the biological
You must write a relevant
evaluative point underneath
the argument. It can be a
supporting or contradicting
evaluation or using a study!
Everyone must write at
least one! You must write
your name by each of your
Complete the exam plan for the following practice
1) Describe and evaluate the biological explanation for
gender development. (24 marks)