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"Most children have firm beliefs about what it means to be a boy and what it means to be a girl very early in life."

Critically discuss the theories relating to the development of gender roles in childhood and the relative contributions of nature and nurture.

I have to write an essay on this but doing my research, i have found so many different types of theories. I am grade 12 and am wondering which are the main theories that i should use. I am hoping for some notes on how i could go about forming this essay and what the main theories are that i should use. A detailed outline would be great.

Thank you.

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Interesting topic! Let's take a closer look by outline and potential information and theories to consider. This response provides one organizational approach to consider. I also attached an excellent article to draw on for your final copy.

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1. "Most children have firm beliefs about what it means to be a boy and what it means to be a girl very early in life." Critically discuss the theories relating to the development of gender roles in childhood and the relative contributions of nature and nurture. I have to write an essay on this but doing my research i have found so many different types of theories. I am yr12 and am wondering which are the main theories that i should use. I am hoping for some notes on how I could go about forming this essay and what the main theories are that i should use. Thanks.

Interesting topic! I am wondering what theories you have taken in class, as there are many different theories to consider. However, one way to organization your paper is under the three main types of theories, such as biological (nature), psychological (nature and nurture) and social theories (nurture, e.g. social learning theory). For each section you might consider giving one or two specific theories that fall under that heading, depending on the required length of the paper. Your tentative outline might look something to the effect:

I. Introduction (e.g. about ¼ - ½-page, introduce topic; include a purpose statement: The purpose of this paper is to critically discuss the theories relating to the development of gender roles in childhood and the relative contributions ...

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This solution assists in developing a critical discussion of the theories relating to the development of gender roles in childhood and the relative contributions of nature and nurture. Supplemented with an exceptional article describing the theories of gender development.

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