Social influences into gender - parents, peers, schools and media

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What are the two different socialising agents that influence gender development?
Informal socialising agents and Formal socialising agents
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What are informal socialising agents and name an example
people who are in close contact with the child, such as parents
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What are formal socialising agents and name an example
these are more distant organisations in contact with the child, such as schools the media
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What were the findings in the Friedman study?
that mothers used more counter stereotypical comments with daughters than sons.
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What were the findings in the Bigler study?
showed that children in gender groups showed more gender stereotypical views compared to the control group and their own pre-test scores.
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What is a suitable IDA point?
Nurture
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What role does nurture play in this theory?
the Bigler study suggests that dividing children into the same sex groups could result in stereotypical behaviour. however it only shows the short term impact of schools on gender, it is very difficult to empirically test how important this factor is
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What is an additional point for the IDA concerning nature?
the studies allow for gender development to be an interaction of nature and nurture since they are not a theory but a collection of evidence.
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What was good about Friedmans study?
it was a valid test, it used content analysis which when carried out correctly would provide an objective measure of the qualitative data.
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What was a bad thing about Friedmans study?
it doesnt show the long term impact of the results on the children gender development.
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What may be a better theory to explain the outcomes of the studies?
the social learning theory
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List some suitable wider evaluation comments
impossible to assess the role that parents/schools have on gender, you would need to conduct a longitduanal study. there are many variables so difficult to isolate just one. studies show parents should be careful not to inflict stereotypes onto kids.
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