Review the article, “Parent-Child Interactions in France, Germany, and Italy: The Effects of Gender and Culture.” Focus on parent-child interactions as one example of how gender development can occur and how this variable is different in different cultures. (See attached)
Review the article, “Perspectives on Gender Development.” Focus on the limitations of traditional social learning and cognitive perspectives and what an expanded view might look like. (See attached)
•Select a specific culture that is not your own. Using the Internet and other resources, research gender roles for this culture.
•Think about how each of the different theories of gender development might explain the development of the gender roles in the culture you have selected and for your own culture. Your text explores psychodynamic approaches, social learning theory approaches, and cognitive theory approaches.
The assignment (1–3 pages):
•Briefly describe the specific culture you selected, focusing on the gender roles of both males and the females.
•Compare (similarities and differences) the gender roles in the culture you selected with the gender roles in your own culture. Use clear, concrete examples to make your comparisons.
•Apply one of the following theories to explain the development of the male and the female role in each of the two cultures (your own and the culture you selected). Again, use clear, concrete examples to illustrate your points. Be sure to include development of gender roles in at least three different areas of life (e.g., family, work, community, etc.)
•Select your theory from the following:
◦Social Learning Theory
◦Cognitive Developmental Theory
◦Gender Schema Theory
◦Gender Script Theory
•Finally, summarize your thoughts about how well your selected gender development theory explains gender development and why.