ESE370: Learning & the Brain

ESE370: Week 2 – Discussion 2

Week 2- Discussion 2

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Gender Differences in Learning Debate

There are known differences in cerebral laterality between males and females. Although our brains are unique, some believe it is politically incorrect to say there are gender differences while others assert that male and female brains are different.  For some educators and policy makers, it’s easy choice; we should have same-sex schools.  For others, brain-based research raises questions about instructional design, teacher qualifications, class size, and instructional strategies. This discussion has three parts, so be sure to note the required reflection near the end of the week. Two of the recommend resources may help you to contribute to this discussion: Salomone (2007) and Gurian, Henley, & Trueman (2001). Both of these resources are available in ebrary through the Ashford Library.

Initial post: Describe the gender-based differences in the brain’s executive processes during problem solving and critical thinking.  Then, based on your debate group assigned below, use the course materials and at least one other scholarly source from the Ashford Library (Links to an external site.) to justify whether these differences dictate a need to change our educational policies and teaching strategies.

Debate Grouping (by the first letter of the last name):

  • A-L: For a change in our educational policies and teaching strategies
  • M- Z: Against a change in our educational policies and teaching strategies. 

Peer responses: Read your peers’ initial posts and respond substantively to the initial posts of at least two peers. At least one of your peer responses must be to a peer assigned to the group opposite the one to which you were assigned. In your peer responses, evaluate the quality of their argument. Did they adequately justify their assigned positions?  What scholarly information can you offer to support or refute their position? It is important to demonstrate critical thinking in your peer responses.

Reflection post: Follow several of the conversations developing in the discussion. Near the end of the week, reply to your own initial post with a reflection on the debate. Where do you stand now on the issues? Do you agree with the assertion of the group to which you were assigned? Did your position change? Describe the process of reflection you underwent; what research and which conversations influenced your position?

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