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Froebel and his kindergarten

Tina Bruce explains that “[Friedrich] Froebel [(1782-1852)] was the inventor of the kindergarten.” (p.56) “Froebel’s ideas have entered mainstream educational practice, but at the time he put them forward, they were revolutionary. Froebel did not set down his ideas with … 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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‘superficial happy endings’

There is an article I really like on children’s conflict that analyses a group of children’s use of social structures (already in place) to enjoy agency in their world. She considers children’s adoption of gendered and learner identities in this … Continue reading

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Sport and gender and New Zealand

Jane and James Ritchie once asked: “Why is it that our society always segregates organised sport on gender lines? There are a few exceptions, such as mixed doubles in tennis, but they are of low status. We should note that … 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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Rough and Tumble Play: gender, age, and socialisation

In her discussion of the learning and development that takes place through rough and tumble play, Pam Jarvis writes: “R&T [Rough and tumble play] consists of physically active behaviours (e.g., running, chasing, jumping, play fighting) that create positive emotional engagement … 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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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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There is nothing “essential” about girlhood

“Children (and adults) most often view gender within a binary system. That is, femininity and masculinity are rigidly aligned with female and male bodies respectively (Davies, 2008a, 2008b). However, experiences of gender in early childhood can demonstrate the complexity, precariousness, contradiction and fluidity of gender … Continue reading

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