Gender in the Frame of Preschool Education

By Maria Sakellariou.

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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

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 9, pp.25-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 569.291KB).

Prof. Maria Sakellariou

Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece

I have graduated from the Department of Theology in 1987 and finished my two years postgraduate studies in Pedagogic in 1989. I have graduated from the Department of Early Childhood Education and Care at the TEI of Thessaloniki in 1993. During the academic year 1990/91 I finished my postgraduate studies in Pedagogic at the University of Zurich. From 1995 to 2003 I have worked as teacher at a High school. In 2001 I finished my PhD thesis on “The Christian Education at the Preschool age”. Since 2008 have been working as Assistant Professor at the Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Ioannina. My teaching and research objectives are Preschool education, Social Pedagogic, Didactic of social and ethical education. My interests are extended to intercultural education, environmental ethics and environmental education. I have published an important number of papers as well as a book about social pedagogic and as co-author three other useful manuals for praxis at the early childhood schools.


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