Boys need girls in preschool for developmental edge, prof says

If you want to give your son a developmental edge, enroll him in a preschool program where there are lots of preschool girls. That's the key finding from a study conducted by Gettysburg College psychology Prof. Arlen Moller and published online in Early Childhood Research Quarterly. His research was also featured in ScienceNews magazine, Detroit's CKLW radio, and Yahoo.com, and several other news websites.

Moller's research indicates that preschool-aged boys who attend preschool programs in which the majority of their classmates are girls tend to achieve far greater social, cognitive, and motor skills gains than preschool-aged boys who are enrolled in programs in which the majority of their classmates are boys. He also noted that the gender composition of the classroom does not affect the girls' development, positively or negatively. Girls tended to achieve at the same rate whether their class was made up of mainly boys or mainly girls.

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Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Mon, 11 Aug 2008


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