Gender Differences in Intellectual and Moral Development?

The Evidence that Refutes the Claim
  • Mary M. Brabeck
  • Erika L. Shore
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)

Abstract

When Samuel Johnson was asked, “Who is smarter, men or women?” he is reported to have answered, “Which man? Which woman?” (As quoted in Nicholson, 1984, p. 77). With this seemingly simple response, Johnson moved out of the traditionally dichotomous paradigm that has guided much of psychology’s exploration of gender differences. For decades, philosophers, historians, and social science researchers have focused on the differences between men and women, often entering their investigations with the implicit assumption that differences exist, and then attempting to explain these differences with anecdotal and/or empirical “evidence.” Psychological theory and research on intellectual and moral development have been no exception.

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  • Mary M. Brabeck
    • 1
  • Erika L. Shore
    • 1
  1. 1.Lynch School of EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA

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