1. Review Week 2 lesson plan and read Week 6 lesson plan. You will want to review the material on the theoretical frameworks in Week 2 lesson plan. You will also want to read Week 6 lesson plan including the material on gender schemas and reliable sex differences.
2. Choose one theoretical framework that you will use to explain possible sources of sex differences. Choose only one framework to use—each of the frameworks have merit thus there is no one “right” or “correct” framework to choose. Think about how someone adopting this framework would explain sex differences. Your task is to go beyond the general descriptions of the frameworks to be more specific in explaining sex differences. For example, if you were to choose the Environment Learning Framework you might decide to focus exclusively on how parents socialize children to bring about sex differences. Someone else using the same framework might choose to focus on how television and movies contribute to sex differences.
3. Locate an outside source of information that is in line with (supports) the theoretical framework you chose. Your outside source of information can be a scholarly journal article, a professional website, a documentary film, etc. Be creative. Here are examples of the types of outside sources that I had in mind:
? http://www.seejane.org/ This website is for the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. It would be an excellent source of information if you were using the Environment-Learning framework and focusing on the role of media. On this site under the Research tab there are several great research papers that detail the influence of the media. For example, there is a paper titled Gender Stereotypes: An Analysis of Popular Films and TV by Stacy Smith and Crystal Cook that would be fantastic for this assignment.
? http://www.mediaed.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=226 This website if for Media Education Foundation. They produce, among other things, documentary films that address sex and gender issues. One in particular that would be great if you are using the Cultural Context framework might be Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes by Byron Hurt. This film covers the hip hop culture and its influence on our ideas about manhood, sexism, and homophobia.
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