The origins of gender differences are particularly hard to trace, but arguments that the differences are a result of socialization is widely studied in psychology. One set of psychologists believe that children get most of their “stereotypical ways” from the behavior they imitate from visual references, such as a same sex parent (Sax & Harper 671). Parents, especially when the child is in the years before school, play a heavy role in how the child acts at the time. However, other psychologists would differ and say that the children’s peers are the primary source of the gender socialization, and that the parent plays little, and sometimes even, no role (671). Once that child has reached an age where they attend school daily, they usually see the teacher or peers more often than they do their own parents. That gives the parents less control over their child, and more control to the hands of others, such as the child’s teachers.
Education itself is one of the single most important factors when it comes to stereotyping, especially with gender. It is said that women usually lean towards social sciences, health services, and education, while men on the other hand are more likely to fall to engineering and business (Sax & Harper 672). The interesting concept is that “woman usually earn equal to higher grades than men...
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