The Boys and Girls Learn Differently: Action Guide for Teachers

The Boys and Girls Learn Differently: Action Guide for Teachers

by Michael Gurian, Arlette C. Ballew
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The Boys and Girls Learn Differently: Action Guide for Teachers by Michael Gurian, Arlette C. Ballew

The landmark book Boys and Girls Learn Differently! outlines the brain-based educational theories and techniques that can be used to transform classrooms and help children learn better. Now The Boys and Girls Learn Differently Action Guide for Teachers presents experiential learning techniques that teachers can use to create an environment and enriched curriculum that take into account the needs of the developing child's brain and allows both boys and girls to gain maximum learning opportunities. This important and easy-to-use guide is based on the latest scientific scholarship on the differences between boy's and girl's brains, neurological development, hormonal effects, behavior, and learning needs and offers information on what all children need to be able to learn effectively. Michael Gurian and his colleagues applied these recent discoveries in the field during a two-year Gurian Institute pilot program in Missouri that led to measurably better academic performance and improved behavior.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780787964856
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/03/2003
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 816,204
Product dimensions: 7.03(w) x 9.39(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Michael Gurian is an educator, family therapist, and author of three national best-sellers, The Wonder of Boys, The Wonder of Girls, and Boys and Girls Learn Differently! He is cofounder of the Michael Gurian Institute ( where, along with institute staff, teachers are trained in brain-based and gender innovations. He can be reached at

Arlette C. Ballew is a writer and editor who specializes in experiential learning, training, education, and human resource development. She is the coauthor of seven volumes of Pfeiffer & Company's Training Technologies Series and of Earthquake Survival: Activities and Leaders Guide; the coeditor of the four volumes of Theories and Models in Applied Behavioral Science; and the developer of many experiential training activities, educational and training packages, leader's guides, and workbooks.

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Boys and Girls Learn Differently Action Guide for Teachers 1.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book and found it to be very disappointing,not to say arrogant and very poor research. If our children are taught in this manner, it will only cause confusion for both teachers and students. How anyone can catagorize ability by gender is beyond me.If a teacher has the usuall mix of students called 'individuals',you cannot possibly apply anything in this book to a real life situation.There is a mix of ability amoung students,not narrow gendered and narrow minded paths for which there is no alterative,namely the 'individual. I have found just as many girls with ADD as boys.I have found many verbal boys and spatial girls.If these theories are applied to the classroom,it causes nothing but confusion.How in the world can you help students if you view them in this way. I have a suggestion for teachers.Find what is individual and unique in your students and nurish their minds with 'I can!' instead of 'I can't because I'm a girl' 'or boy' Gurian's main concern is selling books and being a self obsorbed dictator,not an educational expert. Children are individuals,not gender specific clones!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worn out societal myths made to look innate.What a fraud.This book has no place in education,since it merely is an attempt to mars venus esucation,much as Gray did to relationships.The myth of girls being non-spatial is bunk,Also these sterotypes harm boys as well.Don't bother applying to your study plan,We are all individuals and must be taught as an iindividual.
mary25 More than 1 year ago
the techniques of using punishment or embarrassing a child to behave are imappropriate. good info to have in the back of my mind, as a teacher, to understand the differences between boys and girls, but not cut and dry.