This book deals with the key professional issues faced by students on teacher training courses and practicing primary teachers.

Gender Issues in Primary Schools

Gender issues in primary schools

The following topics and issues are covered in this chapter:

  • gender and the child's sense of identity;
  • the danger of generalizations about gender;
  • stereotypical behaviour and young children;
  • teachers' own attitudes and beliefs about appropriate behaviour for boys and girls;
  • the issue of boys' underachievement;
  • compliance and the achievement of girls and boys;
  • reading, writing and talk in relation to gender issues in primary schools;
  • the role of story;
  • the teacher's role in developing the child's sense of identity;
  • the importance of valuing each child as an individual;
  • links with home;
  • role models; and
  • the central role of observation, reflection and talk in promoting the child's sense of identity.

Here are some familiar images from primary school life:

  • Two 4-year-olds wearing pink hair slides sit in the sand pit together.
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