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ERIC Number: ED159262
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-11
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Children's Perception of Sex Stereotyping in Elementary School.
Sheridan, E. Marcia
A study of 663 children in grades 2 through 6 was conducted to determine how children perceive sex roles related to school and classroom situations. The children, taken from thirty classrooms in six different elementary schools, responded to a questionnaire suitable for non-readers. An experimenter read 18 questions to the children who marked an answer with visual representations of boys or girls. Children were asked whether boys, girls, or both boys and girls were perceived in certain classroom roles. The research inference was that if one sex or the other was perceived by the children to predominate, then sex stereotyping might be attributed to the area of the question. The children's responses indicated that sex stereotyping is very much a part of the elementary school curriculum. Certain activities are being limited, not by a child's ability but by gender, and a differential system of reward and punishment is being applied on the basis of sex. The only area in which children reported little sex stereotyping was in their perception of who was smarter. (Author/EB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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