The Gender Difference

To begin to answer these questions, the authors first examined previous findings on this topic. They describe that boys and girls excel in reading using different instructional strategies because of “learning preferences and differences in memory and information processing.” One example of such variance, which the authors use as the base of inquiry in their study, is seen in synthetic phonics instruction. This instructional approach, also known as blended phonics, has students learn letter sounds and then put them together to learn to read words.