The role of gender-based brain differences on the vocabulary learning and consolidation skills and strategies

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2008
Üster, Sema
This study aims to investigate the possible relationship between the differences of the male and female brain and vocabulary learning strategies of male and female students. For this purpose, a study has been carried out with a group of 200 students attending the Preparatory Program at TOBB University of Economics and Technology. This study initially aims to identify the differences between the biology of the male and female brain as well as the hormones influencing the memory and vocabulary retention. This information will then be applied to the vocabulary learning strategies of males and females. In order to identify the strategies used by males and females, a questionnaire was administered to a group of students attending the Preparatory Program at TOBB Economy and Technology University. Before the main study, the questionnaire was administered as a pilot study with 50 students from the same achievement group. After the pilot study of the questionnaire; validity, reliability and factor analysis studies were carried out. All of these subjects were at the same level of proficiency. The relationship between the genders and their vocabulary learning strategies was studied according to the results of the study through statistical evaluation through t-test analysis on SPSS. The data collected through the questionnaire were analyzed by comparing them to the literature suggesting the differences between the male and female brain characteristics. As the result of this study, it has been found out that females use more variety of strategies than males. Females have been found to employ determination, social, and cognitive strategies more frequently than males while males employ memory strategies more than females. In addition, there was not a statistically significant difference between the use of metacognitive strategies of male and female participants.

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Citation Formats
S. Üster, “The role of gender-based brain differences on the vocabulary learning and consolidation skills and strategies,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2008.