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ERIC Number: ED319475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 9
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Preschool Children's Knowledge of Gender-Related Scripts and Schemata.
Levy, Gary D.; And Others
An attempt was made to integrate script and schema-based approaches in an examination of children's early gender role development and gender typing. The examination focused on: (1) young children's sequencing of gender scripts and the relation of this sequencing to children's age, sex, and gender role knowledge; and (2) age-related differences in children's dependence on and use of gender roles in the process of making additional judgments involving gender scripts. Developmental and individual differences in young children's accuracy in sequencing gender scripts and their reliance on the gender role theme versus the temporal nature of gender scripts were predicted. Participants were 40 preschoolers of 43-78 months. Subjects (23 boys and 17 girls) completed script sequencing, successive judgment, script difficulty, and gender role knowledge and flexibility tasks. Findings indicated that although developmental differences appeared in sequencing of gender scripts, the ability to sequence seemed robust at an early age. Children demonstrated increasingly accurate sequencing of own-sex gender scripts. Results indicate that there are important developmental and individual differences in young children's understanding and use of gender scripts and that children's gender script understanding may be an important cognitive component of early gender role development. A table lists the events depicted in each of six scripts. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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