Category Archives: Gendering

When children have agency in their play

“When children have agency in their play, they learn to have agency in their lives.” ~ Cas Holman Just reading a particularly interesting article, ‘The Case For Letting Kids Design Their Own Play’ – by Cas Holman  http://www.fastcodesign.com/3048508/the-case-for-letting-kids-design-their-own-play She writes: … Continue reading

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traditional ‘feminine’ roles and the professionalization of ECE

Here are a couple more interesting points from the essay by Judith T. Wagner that I mentioned yesterday (these ones on gender, professionalism and teacher-child relationships): “…as Strand notes, because ECE represents the professionalization of traditional feminine nurturing roles, the field occupies … Continue reading

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“Gun play and why children need it” – Rich and Brownlee

Diane Rich explains: “The themes that children choose to play do not all involve nurses, mums and dads, princes and princesses. There are nasty things too: monsters, ghost, baddies and, inevitably, weapons of all sorts.” (Rich, p.1 – on my … Continue reading

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reflective questions – culture and stereotyping, etc.

Here are some more questions posed by Marion Dowling: “Does my response to children depend on whether they are boys or girls?” (p.146) “How visible are men in the nursery; how are they used?” (p.146) “How do we identify children’s … Continue reading

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Cooking and Femininity

L’Orange Fürst, Elizabeth (1997) Cooking and Femininity Women’s Studies International Forum, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 441-449, “Everyday cooking in the home is still women’s work. This should not be understood merely from the perspective of female subjugation. Food is … Continue reading

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Gender math and science – research

Two articles in the Merrill-Palmer Quarterly caught my eye: 1 Gender Stereotypes about Mathematics and Science and Self-Perceptions of Ability in Late Childhood and Early Adolescence Beth Kurtz-Costes,      Stephanie J. Rowley,     April Harris-Britt,    Taniesha A. Woods From: Merrill-Palmer Quarterly Volume … Continue reading

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“FOUCAULT’S HETEROTOPIA AND CHILDREN’S EVERYDAY LIVES”

Another interesting looking article that caught my eye is one that adopts Foucault’s concept of ‘heterotopias’ to analyse the construction of childhood. The author, Sara McNamee, introduces her thoughts in this way: “Jenks (1996) has argued that childhood is constructed … Continue reading

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It is normal for children to explore gender

“It is not unusual or ‘abnormal’ for children to explore different performances of gender that are not perceived to be associated with their sex. Children are adept at linking adults’ regulation of their gender with the possibility that they have to hide behaviours that … Continue reading

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Friendships are sites for the creation of identity

“Aapola, Gonick and Harris (2005, p. 110) suggest that girls ‘create a multitude of different types of friendships, alternating between various kinds of social ties’. Friendships are sites for the creation of identity and for experimenting with different forms of femininity. Aapola et al. also … Continue reading

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Tomboyism

“Research indicates that tomboyism is not a homogeneous subject position, but rather can be a fluid category (Paechter & Clark, 2007; Renold, in press).” (pp25-26) “Our research on tomboys is located in the performance of tomboyism as a discursive socio-cultural manifestation of gender and … Continue reading

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