Playing it Straight: Uncovering Gender Discourses in the Early Childhood Classroom

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Routledge, 2005 - Education - 204 pages
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This thought-provoking study challenges the usefulness of existing parameters for assessing and describing the development of children in early education settings, and shows how notions of developmentally appropriate practices exclude vitally important social and political constructs of gender. By repositioning gender at the centre of our view of children's interactions and emotional, physical, intellectual and social development, Blaise highlights the imbalance of power in the classroom and the continually shifting performances and understanding of young children's awareness of gender and gender roles.
 

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Contents

What do they Offer?
1
2 Researching with Children in the Early Childhood Classroom
35
3 Uncovering the Heterosexual Matrix
55
Power Broker
93
A Risk Taker
127
The Good Girl
161
7 Rethinking Gender and Early Childhood Teaching
183
Appendix
191
References
193
Index
199
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Mindy Blaise is Assistant Professor at RMIT University, Australia. She is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood at the University of Melbourne.

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