The Real Difference Between Boys And Girls

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Member Name: Julie Clerge


Service Site: Greater Boston Nazarene Compassionate Center


Site Location: Dorchester, MA


Project Description:
Julie served as a TechMission Corp program member from 2009 through 2009 at the Greater Boston Nazarene Compassionate Center where she worked extensively with elementary aged school students. Her final project stemmed from her experiences with working with children and the differences she noticed in the behavioral patterns of boys and girls. Her project details the physiological differences between boys and girls and discusses ways for dealing with these differences in a kind and understanding manner.

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The Real Difference Between Boys And Girls

  1. 1. The Real Difference Between Boys and Girls By: Julie Clerge
  2. 2. The Brain
  3. 3. Neurology <ul><li>Female brains are more compact than male brains in that, though smaller, they are more densely packed with neurons, particularly in the region responsible for language. Also, females have language functions evenly distributed in both cerebral hemispheres. </li></ul><ul><li>While in males, they are more concentrated in the left hemisphere. This puts males more at risk for language disorders like dyslexia </li></ul>
  4. 4. Communication <ul><li>Deborah Tannen’s studies found these gender differences in communication styles: </li></ul><ul><li>Men tend to talk more than women in public situations, but women tend to talk more than men at home. </li></ul><ul><li>Females are more inclined to face each other and make eye contact when talking, while males are more likely to look away from each other. </li></ul><ul><li>Boys tend to jump from topic to topic, but girls tend to talk at length about one topic. </li></ul><ul><li>When listening, women make more noises such as “mm-hmm” and “uh-huh”, while men are more likely to listen silently. </li></ul><ul><li>Women are inclined to express agreement and support, while men are more inclined to debate. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Social Development
  6. 6. Popular Misconceptions <ul><li>“ Girls often get a bad rap for gossiping, forming cliques, and other aggressive social behavior, as characterized in the popular movie Mean Girls . </li></ul><ul><li>Boys, meanwhile, are known for physically aggressive behavior, such as hitting” </li></ul>
  7. 7. TRUTH OF THE MATTER <ul><li>“ These attitudes may be at least partly unfounded. While boys are indeed more physically aggressive, girls and boys are equally guilty of aggressive social behavior, according to the report published in Child Development .” </li></ul><ul><li>The indirect aggression that girls tend to use can be just as damaging, if not more damaging than the direct aggression boys may use. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Friendship <ul><li>When engaged in social activities such as recess, boys and girls have very different ways of interrelating. Boys prefer large groups that often have one or two children in charge. This may be due to the boys' need to maintain personal space between themselves and friends and to conceal their feelings </li></ul><ul><li>Whereas girls enjoy personal connections in smaller groupings with special importance placed on a best friend.. Girls share their emotions with close friends and thrive on these warm personal relationships </li></ul>
  9. 9. How to Protect our Youth
  10. 10. Important Protective Factors for All Students <ul><li>Positive adult relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Engagement and competence in pro-social activities </li></ul><ul><li>Taking leadership roles </li></ul><ul><li>QUANITY o resource/protective factors </li></ul><ul><li> For boys and girls of all cultural background/ethnicity </li></ul>
  11. 11. Most Important Protective Factors for Girls <ul><li>Support from a caring adult </li></ul><ul><li>Success in school </li></ul><ul><li>Family and school connectedness </li></ul><ul><li>“ Religion” </li></ul><ul><li> Most effective for younger adolescences </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>NOW WHAT DOES THESE “RANDOM” FACTS HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING?!!! </li></ul>
  13. 13. I’m glad you asked…. <ul><li>Well, if we understand the differences between the way boys and girls understand different aspects of life, it allows us to aid them in a way that is beneficial for them. Which allows us to do our job more effectively…. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Sources <ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.parenting.com/article/Baby/Development/The-Real-Difference-Between-Boys-and-Girls </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=92733 </li></ul><ul><li>Adolescent Girls’ Brain and Psychosocial Development Workshop (Penny Haney Ph.D.) </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_differences#Neurology </li></ul><ul><li>http://ltc.umanitoba.ca/wiki/Social_differences_in_gender_roles--Part_2_%28A12%29 </li></ul>

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