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Children's construction of gender-identities in imposed 'ethical' practices of being thoughtful and considerate
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Lifelong learning/Encell. Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, School Based Research, Preschool Education Research. (Genuspedagogiska gruppen vid Stockholms universitet)
2008 (English)In: Research on Schools, Neighborhoods and Communities: Toward Civic Responsibility, 2008Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Within the context of the Swedish curriculum calling for an active intervention from teachers to enforce gender equality in preschools, the aim of this particular research is to critically analyze how girls and boys (aged 4-5) position themselves and are positioned by each other and the teachers in activities of “free play”. The data, from two different preschools in Sweden, consists of video-observations as well as focus-groups with teachers, using the video-observation as a point of departure for the discussions. Within the frame-work of feminist poststructuralist theory/methodology, multiple readings of the video-observations and focus-groups are done. The analysis shows that the children are subjected to several different dominant discourses that intersect and co-operate with the discourses about masculine dominant and aggressive behavior and feminine passiveness and reflexive consideration, during “free play” activities, such as for example; strong preschool discourses of the importance of learning how to become “thoughtful and considerate. The children’s positions shift in different ways depending on their perceived sex. Different theoretical and discursive readings of the expectations from the teachers and their interventions in the “free play” situations are made. The multiple readings strive to transgress the prevailing asymmetrical power-producing binary of feminine – masculine, with the aim of making new/other positions for girls and boys possible.

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2008.
Keywords [en]
children, gender, identities, pre-school
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-12293OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-12293DiVA, id: diva2:320686
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American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting
Available from: 2010-05-26 Created: 2010-05-26 Last updated: 2011-11-03Bibliographically approved

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