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Some teachers believe that gender doesn't matter to young children, some believe that good early childhood practice produces equity for all and others believe that pursuing gender equity compromises relationships with parents. Glenda MacNaughton confronts these common myths and shows that even very young children are clearly aware of gender roles, whether they are playing among themselves, listening to stories or interacting with adults.

Rethinking Gender in Early Childhood

Education reveals how the focus on individual development that is promoted in early childhood education doesn't produce gender equity. Rather, everyday teaching practices influence the gendering of young children's identities. Glenda MacNaughton draws on theory and research to explain this and to develop approaches, which open up new possibilities for both boys and girls.

But It Clashes with My Multicultural Program, Doesn't It?
But it clashes with my multicultural program, doesn't it?
  • Sue: Now you are working in a culturally diverse centre, how is your gender equity work going?
  • Leonie: I've been trying really hard to find good non-sexist children's books that show cultural diversity. Do you know of any?
  • Sue: No, but are you sure that your views on gender equity are culturally relevant to the families you work with?
  • Leonie: I'm struggling to think that through. I am worried about imposing my cultural values on them. But I do feel really strongly about gender equity.
  • Sue: I know what you mean. I find it really hard to know how to talk about gender equity with the parents in my centre. Their cultures ...
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