Laura O- Boy-Girl differences in math skills due to gendered toys

Posted: November 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

Laura O- Boy-Girl differences in math skills due to gendered toys

This weeks readings, like the earlier reading on Black Barbie, show us that there are real implications for the socialization of meanings and gender roles. This reminded me of a discussion in my Educational Psychology class about how boys consistently outperform girls in math and sciences, because of girls choosing to opt out of advanced math classes in high school- limiting their options for majors or career choices. This is not completely biological but a difference in the development of spatial and cognitive development from playing with different toys. Boys typically play with hands on toys like Legos, race cars, and building blocks which introduce basic thinking processes that give them an edge in the classroom. The girl version of lego does not use the same skill set and arranging tactics, but is more for imaginative play. 

This article illustrates the findings. 

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