The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Education brings together leading scholars on gender and education to provide an up-to-date and broad-ranging guide to the field. It is a comprehensive overview of different theoretical positions on equity issues in schools. The contributions cover all sectors of education from early years to higher education; curriculum subjects; methodological and theoretical perspectives; and gender identities in education. Each chapter reviews, synthesises, and provides a critical interrogation of key contemporary themes in education. This approach ensures that the book will be an indispensable source of reference for a wide range of readers: students, academics and practitioners.
Chapter 9: Constructing Gender in Early-Years Education
Constructing Gender in Early-Years Education
Boys and girls don't want to play with the opposite sex. They say, ‘I don't want to play with her ‘cos she is a girl’. We talk about this with the children. We say that, ‘We are all friends, you don't have to play with someone you don't like. It doesn't mean because she/he is a girl/boy that you cannot be friends’. But, it doesn't seem to make a difference.
Tania, early childhood teacher. Transcript D24: Teaching and Learning for Equity (TALE) project
Gender and its effects in the lives of young children often puzzle early childhood teachers. Sometimes, puzzlement arises from the presence of gender as a factor in children's ways of being, doing, thinking and feeling ...