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ERIC Number: ED187426
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Gender Classification of School Objects by Female Teachers.
Zeiser, Edward L.
This study investigates teachers' gender associations of school-related objects and activities. Thirty-four female teachers, from the preschool level to the seventh grade, were taught three different nonsense words representing the concepts masculine, feminine, and farms (neuter). The teachers were then presented with a list of 24 new words and asked to classify the words according to the most appropriate nonsense syllable. Fifteen of the items were related to school objects and contained no clue as to gender. Among these items, the teachers associated the following with the feminine nonsense syllable: blackboard, child painting, library, open book, a boy and a girl sitting at separate desks, poetry, a spelling lesson, dramatic play with puppets, Dick and Jane, and a workbook. Teachers associated fewer of the school-related items with the masculine nonsense syllable: pencil, a page of arithmetic, and a map. It is suggested that teachers facilitate the better performance of young girls and hinder the performance of young boys in the early years of schooling by providing a situation in which school is compatible with the girls' concepts of sex-appropriate behavior, but inappropriate with boys' concepts of sex-appropriate behavior. (Author/SS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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