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.
Chapter 2: There's No Point in Trying To Change Nature, Is There?
There's No Point in Trying To Change Nature, Is There?
- Patricia: How is your kindergarten group this term?
- Maggie: Okay, but I'm getting really frustrated with some of the boys. It doesn't matter where they go or what they play with, they are always noisy. They love fighting with each other. I've been reading them stories about boys who are gentle and they have a non-sexist role model in Sam, my assistant. He's really gentle. They hear and see alternative role models but it's not making any difference yet.
- Patricia: I know what you mean, I have boys like that every year. I've decided it's pointless trying to change nature. After all, it's just boys being boys. We ...