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ERIC Number: ED124893
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 12
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Techniques and Materials for Developing Positive Sex Role Identification.
Sheridan, E. Marcia
The premise of this paper is that teacher behavior and attitudes which uphold traditional sex stereotypes of masculinity and femininity, in which the male is always aggressive and unfeeling and the female is always passive and sensitive, are harmful to the psychological development of children. A positive sex role identification would include a recognition that each sex can show emotion, protect one's feelings, cry when something is truly moving, or be aggressive physically and mentally. Examples of sex stereotyping include expecting girls to be more obedient, boys to be chivalrous, boys to work the audiovisual materials machines, and girls to do the cleaning. Teachers are asked to search their own feelings about traditional male and female roles such as which parent should have major responsibility for childcare, which parent should be smarter or more successful economically, and which sex would they prefer to have as a boss. Ideas for increasing more positive sex role identification include values clarification activities, advertising studies, career education studies, and literature analysis at different levels. (MKM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (21st, Anaheim, California, May 1976)