ERIC Number: ED320688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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An Investigation of the Effects of a Non-Sexist Curriculum on One Preschool Group's Sex-Role Stereotypical Behavior.
Kroeger, Janice E.
This study investigated effects of a nonsexist curriculum on preschoolers' dramatic role play behavior and usage of language and play space. A quasi-experimental design included two preschool groups, one of which received a treatment component that consisted of a nonsexist curriculum. The treatment group included 12 males and 10 females between 3.2 and 5.3 years of age. Control group subjects were 10 male and 11 female children between 3.1 and 5.1 years of age. Data were collected over four 5-day periods. Four vocational units that involved dramatic play on restaurant worker, fire-fighter, doctor, and polic officer (primary) roles and patron, victim, nurse, and offender (secondary) roles were used. Frequency counts of male and female participation in primary and secondary dramatic play roles were taken. Findings indicated that the curriculum heightened interest and nonsexist participation in dramatic play, but did not produce vocational dramatic play that was gender equal. It appeared that gender-segregated play groups were dominated by males, and that sex-typed toys may have limited female access to some play. Although the study met approved standards for providing children with opportunities to learn about gender, findings revealed the seemingly unyielding strength of children's sex-role stereotypes about vocation. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
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Note: M.S. Thesis, Eastern Illinois University.