List of publications and recommended literature
(soon to be updated)
Because most of my own work is not available in English, here I present some books which either reflect my thoughts in a certain way, or whose authors I have learnt a great deal from.
- Baron-Cohen, Simon, The Essential Difference (2003) Baron Cohen is professor in Psychology and Psychiatry in Cambridge.
- Biddulph, Steve, Raising boys. Why boys are different – and how to help them become happy and well-balanced men. Thorsons / Finch (Harper Collins) 1997/1998. Australian. Comprehensive, very practical yet well-founded. Primarily focuses on white middle-class two-parent families and not aimed at specific or problematic groups. For this reason, further elaboration would be desirable, but it is an excellent point of departure. It is one of the few books in which parenting sons is portrayed as a joy.
- Connel, Bob (R.W.), The Men and the Boys. Cambridge 2000. Australian. Strongly influenced by French structuralist philosophers. Primarily focuses on ‘constructions’ about manhood, how they have come to exist and exert influence. Diverse case studies of both heterosexuality and homosexuality; sometimes with a predilection for extremes (from fairy queens to sport heroes), but ever since the publication of Connell’s work, an undifferentiated monolithic image of ‘manhood’ is applied less than ever.
- Damasio, Antonio, Looking for Spinoza. Joy, sorrow and the feeling brain (William Heinemann, London 2003). A rather fundamental book in which Damasio does not differentiate very much between boys and girls. However, he offers a very coherent picture of recent progress in neuro-biological research on the relation between stimuli, impulses, emotions, feelings and cognitions, and his concept of the interaction between the environment and body is cleverly presented in great detail. This book enables readers to fathom and evaluate all sorts of publications dealing with neuro-biological differences between boys and girls and the resulting different developmental tasks.
- Fletcher, Richard, Hedy Fairburn and Sue Pascoe, Fatherhood Research in Australia. (Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle, NSW Australia) via: www.newcastle.edu.au/centre/fac/ The Family Action Centre in Newcastle Australia is one of the world’s outstanding developing centers in the field of boys’ work and involvement of fathers in education.
- Gurian, Michael, Boys and Girls Learn Differently! A guide for Teachers and Parents (San Francisco, Jossey-Bass 2001). ‘Very American’: pragmatic and optimistic. Offers many insights into the relevant differences in disposition between boys and girls, differentiated in various developmental phases, and how you can possibly work with these differences. Not always substantiated with evidence and references, but if compared with other more thorough writers/researchers, it is clear that Gurian knows his trade. See also: www.gurianinstitute.com
- Gurian, Michael & Kathy Stevens, The Minds of Boys. Saving Our Sons from Falling Behind in School and Life(San Francisco, Jossey-Bass 2005). Highly recommended, in fact a ‘must-have’. After many previous books (see above and more) by this author, as ever to the point and very practical. Up to date introduction of relevant recent scientific output, chapters on preschool period, early learning, reading, writing, language arts, math & science, single-gender classrooms, boys who need extra help, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD and behavioral disorders, under-motivation and underperformance, parents’ & teachers’ roles, sensitive boys. It’s all there and it’s exquisite! See also: www.gurianinstitute.com
- Gurian, Michael, Katie Stevens and Kelley King, Strategies for Teaching Boys And Girls – Elementary Level, A workbook for educators.(San Francisco, Jossey-Bass 2008).
- Gurian, Michael, Katie Stevens and Kelley King, Strategies for Teaching Boys and Girls – Secondary Level: A Workbook for Educators. (Jossey-Bass, 2008)
- Hartman, Deborah (ed.), Educating Boys. The Good News (Newcastle, Australia 2006). Insights from a selection of papers presented at the 4th Biennial ‘Working with Boys, Building fine Men’ Conference, Melbourne 2005. (Publ. by Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle 2006); available via www.newcastle.edu.au/centre/fac/or by sending a mail to: email@example.com. This ‘state of the art’ book with an introduction by Steve Biddulph contains a variety of contributions from over 40 leading practitioners and academics in educating boys. Highly recommended.
- Kindlon, Dan & Michael Thompson, Raising Cain. The necessity of emotional development of boys (New York, Balantine Books 1999). American. Offers considerable insight into how boys can develop a grudge and how this can be expressed; highly substantiated academically, detailed examples from actual practice, including the notorious campus shootings.
- King, Margaret with Dan Gartrell ‘Building an Encouraging Classroom with Boys in Mind’ in Young Children, July 2003. This text primarily draws very practical implications from all that has recently been discovered about boys in developmental psychology, socialization theory and neurobiology. Many tips.
- Boys’ Education Lighthouse Schools Programme (Commonwealth of Australia 2003) Boys: getting it right. Summary of the report into the education of boys by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Training, October 2002. Controversial and inspiring governmental report as a consequence of which money has been made available in Australia to help develop challenging and favorable education for boys. See also: www.boyslighthouse.edu.au
- Mullohand, Judith, Meeting the demand for male primary teachers? (Australian Teacher Education Association Conference Papers 2001) An Australian text about the training of male primary teachers; it particularly focuses on the motives and educational practice of male students in primary teacher training. http://www.atea.schools.net.au/papers/mullohandjudith.pdf
- Rowe, Kenneth & Katherine. What matters most: Evidence-based findings of key factors affecting the educational experiences and outcomes for girls and boys throughout their primary and secondary schooling (ACER, Melbourne/Camberwell, Victoria, Australia May 2002). Not as ideological as many texts on gender issues; the Rowes distance themselves somewhat from post-modern texts on the ‘deconstruction’ of male-female relations and over-emphasizing global environmental influences. They do justice to biological differences without making them absolute and concentrate more on direct teacher-pupil interactions. Lots of relevant references to concrete research. Influential in Australia. These and other texts can be downloaded: www.acer.edu.au
- Whitmore, John, Coaching for Performance. GROWing People, Performance and Purpose 3rd Edition (Nicholas Brealey, London 2006). Famous for Inner Sport and introduction of coaching in all kind of enterprises, Whitmore (now 76 but still active ) has a lot to offer to anyone interested in coaching people and helping others to reach their potential. Departing from awareness of the situation and inner awareness as well as responsibility (having choices), Whitmore leads us via Effective questioning and Active listening through processes of Goal setting, exploring Reality, finding new Options and exploring What, When, With Whom and people’s own Will. I had the pleasure of working alongside with Whitmore and we were able to contribute to the European HERMES project (Driver Education from Instruction to Coaching). A truly inspiring man, going far beyond crude profit management, towards performance, learning and enjoyment. In this 3rd Edition Whitmore explores not only fundamental transformations of management, but also the significance of Emotional Intelligence to performance, the emerging interest in spiritual intelligence and how they both relate to coaching. Whitmore does not extensively elaborate his findings along gender lines, but shows clear awareness of the fact that especially men need to develop their coaching abilities even more than women. Strongly recommended.
- Whitmore, John, A definition of Coaching for Driving Written 17/10/08 by John Whitmore for the EU HERMES project (developing new ways in driver training) and for a Brussels expert group on driver education (DG TREN).
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