Australian students are faced with an array of stereotypes particularly surrounding gender. Curriculum resources used in schools, including texts such as fairy tales, contain male and female stereotypes which do not represent all children. As discussed by National Union of Teachers (2013), it is important for educators to challenge these stereotypes to create an inclusive environment. Furthermore, it is important for educators to understand that the relationships connecting gender role models and providing opportunities for children to connect with them directly relate to children 's own gender based behaviours (MacNaughton, 2000, p. 13-15). It is also imperative for educators to recognise and eradicate the many stereotypes which effect students …show more content…
Malaguzzi (1993, p. 1) states the importance of recognising that each child within the classroom, brings unique experiences, feelings, and relationships with them. Interviewee B’s discussion of Jessica’s schooling experience supports this idea. She discusses that the staff at Jessica’s school to into account Jessica’s individual experience as a transgender child to assist her in transition from male to female in the classroom. She noted the extremities of the school’s actions to support her daughter and allow her to feel included and safe during the transitional period. Interviewee B discussed the school informing her fellow parents of the change along with information about gender dysphoria, the use of literature to explain the change to children at a level they understood and the conscious effort made by staff to use female …show more content…
Children whom have same-sex parents are often constrained by societal expectations that they too will be homosexual (Poynting & Morgan, 2007). Poynting and Morgan (2007), discuss the outrageous reactions to topics surrounding homosexuality and the alarming number of individuals whom display homophobic behaviours. The article further discussed an example of a televised children’s program depicting a same-sex couple accompanying children to a theme park in 2004. The segment which portrayed this scene was a regular feature which represents diversity within Australian children 's lives and to reflect current social trends. This particular scene sparked controversy as the show had portrayed adult and homosexual themes (Poynting & Morgan, 2007, p. 211-212). It is important for educators to be aware of such occurrences within the media and be prepared for children to raise questions. This is because, as discussed by Malaguzzi (1993, p. 1), children question the adults as they are their role models and the expectations that the children have of the adults and the adults have of the children are important when preparing to answer such
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Conclusion There has been an increase in transgender representation in popular culture. Representation of the gender binary can be seen in the media, advertising and television, yet it seems to further escalate the notions of gender identity being down to sex and that a male or female must adopt the gender characteristics associated with their gender, either “masculinity” or “femininity”. There is a lack of non-binary gender representation which further marginalises certain groups such as women and those who are LGBTQ.
This thought has never crossed my mind before because I, myself, took ‘gender’ as a natural phenomenon. Gender is a product of socialization. It is cultural roles and personality characteristics that are labeled appropriate for men and women (lecture). Gender facilitates normative accountability: “structures that are in place to “correct” people’s gender non-conforming behaviours” (Johnson). Normative accountability and gender expectations were big issues children in the film faced.
Education, is a pivotal part of the childhood stage and because educators have so much interaction time with students, conservatives feel the need to monitor schooling to maintain hegemonic discourses surrounding gender (Robinson, 2008). Robinson (2008) explains that “schooling is viewed, and feared, by conservatives as a site where more liberal (‘politically correct’) ideals and values can potentially be aired unabated. Thus, schooling becomes a critical area perceived to require close surveillance to stabilise and reinforce the status quo”. Cartoons and children also have a strong relation and in most cases children adopt certain behaviours expressed in cartoons.
Gender roles, also known as gender stereotypes, are social and cultural norms on how females and males should conduct themselves within a society. Every culture has certain roles both genders are expected to follow. An example of this in traditional American culture is a man becoming a doctor while a female becomes a nurse or men being the hard workers and women being stay at home mothers. Gender development researchers, similar to other developmental researchers, focus on questions of change over time in gender related subjects (Ruble and Martin 1988). Research suggest that children are socialized to understand gender stereotypes at an early age.
Stereotypes in Education One classical scene defines any movie depicting high school: the lunch room scene. Imagine this typical scene. The main character weaves through a series of tables with each table dedicated to a specific stereotype. A table consists of the jocks tossing a football, another of the preps fighting over their appearance, and the nerds huddled over a textbook. After maneuvering through the stereotypical tables, the main character finally arrives at the table consisting of their own group.
When I was in English class in 8th grade, our teacher performed a test on us, which we were unaware of until it was over. During class the teacher began to berate a student, calling the student unintelligent and lazy. This was a student that other people may have viewed as “unmotivated” or a “burnout” when she was in fact, very intelligent. But because she was commonly stereotyped, the teacher began to pick on this student. The student was well aware that the teacher was doing this as an experiment in her class.
This indicates that the problem is deeper than a lack of education, that homophobic and transphobic values are systemic. Major social changes must take place in order to remove the taboo regarding sexual and gender identities and create an open discussion about sexuality and gender in our society.
Girls everywhere want to be like barbie when they grow up. They want the perfect lifestyle of Barbie so they don’t have to worry about anything later on in life. Just about every girl has played with Barbie and think that they are Barbie themselves. Barbie isn’t a good role model to girls because the life Barbie lives in and the one they live in will never be the same. Barbie effects girl's life more than people realize some examples of this are girls want to be tan like Barbie, girls worry about their weight and want to be light like barbie, and the clothing Barbie wears is tight fitting and stereotype.
By including parents into the programme, it is advantageous to build partnerships between families and ECT as parents’ suggestions are being considered, ECT and parents can collaborate better to promote children’s development of gender identity (Robinson & Jones-Diaz, 2006). It is important for ECT to address diversity in their practices, as families from diverse cultural backgrounds have different views of the gender issue and some of them do not want their children to be exposed to the queer theory (Robinson & Jones-Diaz, 2006). Accordingly, ECT need to be aware of the equity and sensitivity of the gender issue, follow the standard policy and have an open discussion with families before they deliver their curriculum and practices design (Robinson & Jones-Diaz,
In the first study about Math gender stereotypes in elementary school, the authors Cvencek et al. discuss the findings of the study. According to Cvencek et al. (2011), 121 boys and 126 girls completed implicit association tests and explicit self-report measures assessing the link between; Me with male (gender identity) Male with math (math-gender stereotype)
Gender stereotypes don’t help create an effective learning environment within a classroom. Now, this affects the classroom environment due to how much peer work is needed to be completed with certain assignments. Classrooms are meant to help children learn fundamental subjects and how to work collaboratively. According to an article called “Gender Socialization” written by a website called Lumen states, “when children do not conform to the appropriate gender role, they may face negative sanctions such as being criticized or marginalized by their peers.” When this happens, peers are neglected or even outcasted by these gender roles and can cause the student to not be able to learn effectively with being criticized.
At an early age, some children are able to distinguish differences between a male and female and the roles usually associated with each. However, even though they are able to relate certain characteristics, symbols, and actions through gender socialization, the unfortunate outcome of stereotyping transpires as a negative product to such a natural human occurrence of observing one’s surroundings and categorizing. Stereotyping gives rise to prejudice, which is an issue that still exists in many places and many adults, teenagers, and even young children practice it. Even though gender stereotyping is useful for the development of a child’s identity and sense of self, different factors of an individual’s environment tends to further reinforce and
Parents’ Perception on Gender Spectrum. In a society that is negatively rich with gender stereotypes and biases, children regularly resort in adopting gender roles which are not always fair to both sexes. Children who are exposed to both internal and external factors shapes their attitudes and behaviors towards traditional gender roles as they move through stages of adolescence and ultimately in adulthood. Witt (1997) argued that these attitudes and behaviors are learned at firstly at home which are then heightened by the child 's peers, school experience, and television viewing and other external factors after social bonds are formed outside a family setting. However, it is primarily the family setting that stongly influences the child’s
Nobody can change the way someone is or feels by just giving him or her hormones. Every person, disregarding their sexuality, looks, and beliefs need to be given the respect they deserve because overall, they are human beings like everyone else. Nowadays, schools and families have played an important role educating the future generations in these types of matter, showing to their kids and students the true definition of respect for other’s beliefs, sexuality and looks. In this class, I learned a clear example of the wrong ideas of the past, the case of David Reimer, a boy that pay a high price for a medical mistake. Besides, David’s parents never accepted the real fact that they had a baby boy, instead, they created a “girl” that felt like a boy.