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
- Biological theories
- Cognitive/behavioral theories
- Family/social impact on gender development
- Cross-cultural perspectives
- 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.
Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards.