Gender in Early Childhood

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Nicola Yelland
Routledge, 1998 - Education - 278 pages
This book will explore the ways in which young children perceive themselves and are viewed by others in terms of their gendered identities as individuals and as members of society. It considers research from a variety of perspectives in the context of home/family and school. Topics covered include:
* the construction of gender from the time the child is conceived
* the politics of category membership
* analyses of play and art making
* young children's experiences with technology
* the influence of popular culture on the body image
* gender equity policies in early childhood education
* understanding sexual orientation.
An examination and reflection of the issues will enable educators to improve their practice and have a greater understanding of the families and the children whom they teach. The diverse range and content of the research will make this book a valuable resource for all those interested in the education of young children. This book covers the issue of gender expectations of children with disabilities, and also discusses young childrens' experiences with technology and the ways in which they feel about their bodies.
This book will be of great interest to all early childhood educators who are concerned about the ways in which the home and school impact on the lives of young children in terms of how they view themselves and how others view them. Trainee teachers will find this book helpful in developing their own attitudes, understandings and behaviours in relation to gender equity and young children.

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About the author (1998)

Nicola Yelland is a Research Professor in the School of Education at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. Over the last decade her teaching and research has been related to the use of ICT in school and community contexts. This has involved projects that have investigated the innovative learning of children as well as a broader consideration of the ways in which new technologies can impact on the pedagogies that teachers use and the curriculum in schools. Her multidisciplinary research focus has enabled her to work with early childhood, primary and middle school teachers to enhance the ways in which ICT can be incorporated into learning contexts to make them more interesting and motivating for students, so that educational outcomes are improved. Professor Yelland is the founding editor of two journals, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood and Global Studies of Childhood. She has extensive experience in research projects. Most recently she has been the convenor of researchers from Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan from anthropology, sociology, information and communications technologies, health sciences and education which will research aspects of Global Childhoods (e.g. migration, health and welfare, literacy, popular culture) in the region using a multi-methods/ethnographic approach to data collection and analyses. Professor Yelland's work engages with educational issues with regard to varying social, economic and political conditions and thus requires multidisciplinary perspectives.

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