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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.

If It Matters That Much, Just Do It Yourself
If it matters that much, just do it yourself
  • Robin: I'm having a difficult time with my co-worker Rosemary at the moment. She goes silent every time I talk to her about getting new curtains and bedding for the home corner.
  • Meera: What's the problem with what's there at the moment?
  • Robin: The material is dreadful. It's pale pink with mauve hearts. I really hate it. I'd like something more gender-neutral for the area.
  • Meera: If Rosemary's so difficult about it, maybe you should just leave it be.
  • Robin: But, it's really important to me and it's such a small thing for us to change. I'm not sure why she is so bothered by it. I don't want to face the ...
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