Oh Boy!

Understanding the Neuroscience Behind Educating and Raising Boys

ISBN13 : 9781922607065

Author(s) : Dr Michael C. Nagel

Publisher : Amba Press, 2021

SKU : 5560BK

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What’s really going on inside the head of a boy? What can neuroscience teach us about educating and raising boys?

This engaging book takes a close look at the male brain – how it develops, and how it is different – and the crucial role it plays in how a boy thinks, learns and engages with the world.

Moving past the ‘boys will be boys’ dictum, neuroscientist Dr Michael C. Nagel gives us a guided tour of a boys’ brain, and explains how differences in structure and neurochemistry impact their behaviour, learning, emotions and bodies. Exploring aggression, learning difficulties, behaviour, emotional problems, toxic masculinity and the challenges of technology, Nagel offers solutions and ideas for parents and teachers.

Drawing on the latest research, Nagel applies neuroscientific insight to the common problems boys face, and argues that by understanding why boys do what they do, we can better work with them to increase their wellbeing and educational outcomes.


Michael C. Nagel, PhD, is an educator, researcher, author, mentor and parent. As Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Dr Nagel teaches and researches in the areas of cognition, learning and neurological development. He has written numerous books, including ACER Press titles In the Beginning and In the Middle, and delivers workshops and seminars for parents and teachers nationally and internationally linking brain theory with the everyday realities of raising and educating children.