Kindergarten assembles a specific social framework that contributes to the socialization of the child, as far as the role of the gender is concerned, with various ways and practices.
In the present study we examined the interaction between kindergarteners and children, as well as the interaction among the children. Our basic hypothesis was that in the kindergarten the stereotypes, that concern the role of the gender, are kept and reproduced.
The collection of the research’s data was accomplished with cooperative, predefined observation from two researchers, with observation papers for the kindergarteners’ and children’s behaviour registration, while trough a questionnaire we imprinted the sociological profile of kindergarteners.
The research took place in Thessaloniki (Northern Greece), in 15 kindergartens.
Despite the research’s boundaries we came to the conclusion that:
1. Kindergarteners are sensitive to equality issues and are trying to soften the stereotypes for the two genders. It seems, that their training contributes to their change of attitude.
2. The gender is an important factor that affects the interaction of the children among them, in all everyday activities in the kindergarten.
The present paper concludes with the proposals for vanish of stereotypes in the preschool education.
|Keywords:||Role of Gender, Preschool Education, Kindergartener, Children, Attitude, Stereotypes|
Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece
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