Girls Write Better Than Boys Do
A recent study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology examines in detail how girls differ from boys in terms of writing skills. Included in this study are about 500 students (grades 2 and 3) from 76 classrooms in 10 schools in a midsized city in the United States. Three writing tests are administered to gauge both writing quality and productivity and the differences found between the two genders is shown in the following figure:
What this study shows is that writing is a very complicated task that involves so many factors. To help a child who is currently struggling in writing, the key challenges among the various indicators need to be identified since each one may require a specific intervention. In addition, since not all the gender differences can be explained by language and cognitive variables, attitude probably counts. Teachers may therefore need to find ways to make writing an activity of interest to boys.