Monday, October 3, 2011

Twenty-three Suggestions of Books For a Boys Education Book Club

Some blog followers might be interested in “Twenty-three Suggestions of Books For a Boys Education Book Club” [Hake (2011)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: POD’s Cynthia Desrochers, in a post “A book on boys?” requested suggestions for a “good Book Group book to read in a
College of Education on boys, specifically, on their school difficulties, pK-12+,” and mentioned that she was familiar with Boys Adrift [Sax (2007)] and The Trouble with Boys [Tyre (2008)]. PODers O'Sullivan and Clemente suggested a few more books and possible sources of books from which I derived 4 more book titles. I add 17 more for a total of 23 references.

These 23 constitute only a fraction of the books that might be appropriate for a Boys Education Book Club. Others may wish to add their own recommendations.

Gender differences in education is a facet of gender issues in education generally, and also “Gender Issues in Science/Math Education
(GISME)” [Hake & Mallow (2008): Part 1 (8.5 MB); Part 2 (4.8 MB)]; see especially the Part 2 topics:
E. Gender & Spatial Visualization,
F. Harvard President Summers' Speculation on Innate Gender Differences in Science and Math Ability,
K. Is There a Female Science? - Pro & Con,
L. Schools Shortchange Girls (or is it Boys)?,
M. Sex Differences in Mathematical Ability: Fact or Artifact?

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands
President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References which
Recognize the Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII)

“It may still be a man’s world. But it is no longer, in any way, a boy's. From his first days in school, an average boy is already developmentally two years behind the girls in reading and writing. Yet he’s often expected to learn the same things in the same way in the same amount of time. While every nerve in his body tells him to run, he has to sit still and listen for almost eight hours a day. Biologically, he needs about four recesses a day, but he's lucky if he gets one, since some lawsuit-leery schools have banned them altogether.”
Michelle Conlin (2003)

REFERENCES [All URL's shortened by and accessed on 02 Oct 2011.]

Conlin, M. 2003. “The New Gender Gap: From kindergarten to grad school, boys are becoming the second sex,” Business Week, May 26; online at .

Hake, R.R. 2011. “Twenty-three Suggestions of Books For a Boys Education Book Club” online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at . Post of 2 Oct 2011 19:16:29-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to various discussion lists.

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