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Elaine Millard & Petula Bhojwani

In: The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy

Chapter 3: Gender and Early Childhood Literacy

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Gender and Early Childhood Literacy
Gender and early childhood literacy
ElaineMillard and PetulaBhojwani

This chapter considers how researchers have addressed the ways in which children's gendered identity is implicated in their taking up of early literacy practices at home and in school. The print and media environment surrounding them from birth, early literacy events in the home and the formalization of literacy encounters within school, all carry messages of what it is to be an effective reader and writer. Within the simple narrative and other textual messages that are made available to the young are many accounts and implicit explanations about what a particular society considers to be appropriate ways of behaving as a male or female. It has been argued, therefore, that gender identification plays an ...

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