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Gender development and gender differences are ongoing debates which contain perspectives and arguments from both sides—biological and environmental. Both arguments are controversial, and each tries to provide theories to support their aims.
Gender concept, in our current western society, is becoming rather ambiguous, in not only gender roles but also gender identity perception as a non-binary model. We try to understand many views from various research angles—from biological to cognitive, from social to psychodynamic.
Nevertheless, the main general view on gender development and identity is one of biological stance which largely includes traditional gender roles and stereotypes. The basis for this stems from the evolutional psychology which states that we have evolved to fulfill a particular gender role (such as reproduction for example) and social learning theory, which states that our concepts of gender are associated with our learned behavior. Although there are many theoretical variations-between the two, the basic genetic make-up of our reproductive organs still dictates our perception of gender. But this is changing and the social theorists are gaining ground. In this final, comprehensive assignment you will explore the interaction of the two lenses with all its implications for today’s societies, not only Western but also the developing world.
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In practice hardly anyone today accepts the extreme positions of gender development being guided solely either by heredity or environment. It is difficult to accept an “all or nothing” view, so, perhaps, the question should be as to how much of contribution each makes.
In this comprehensive Signature Assignment you will debate nature vs. nurture factors and theories in gender development supported by scholarly research throughout. If we accept the view that heredity and environment both influence our gender identity the question that intrigues researchers is how do the two interconnect or where and when they start overlapping?
You will explain the theories you will be discussing and include advantages and disadvantages of each of those theories if accepted in its totality, for the individual and for the society at large. Finally, you will state an argument for integration of both theories as you see it.
As we discussed above, gender development research is very complicated in its practical sense of executing such a research with minors as well as in the topic itself. More and more researchers are adopting the integrating focus of biological and environmental impact on development.
For your Signature Assignment, you will consider aspects of this Nature vs. Nurture debate in research, making sure to include the following in your final paper:
Introduction to gender development concepts
Family/social impact on gender development
Conclusion supporting your own views based on the research
Length: 10-12 pages
References: Include a minimum of five scholarly articles published in the last five years in addition to any seminal work if needed. In addition, you may include scholarly websites or other scholarly resources.