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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.

It's Not an Issue in My Centre!
It's not an issue in my centre!
  • Jennifer: Did you see that article about gender in the early childhood journal this month?
  • Carla: Yes, I did. I don't know what they were on about. In my centre, gender is just not an issue.
  • Jennifer: Are you sure?
  • Carla: Yes, I take regular developmental observations of the children and gender's just not an issue for them. I treat boys and girls the same. I allow them to play with whatever they want. For instance, I've never stopped the boys dressing up or playing with the dolls if they want to.
  • Jennifer: I think I'd like to look a little more closely at what's happening in my group. I think I know what's happening but ...
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