ERIC Number: ED382496
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Schooling and the Formation of Students' Gender Identities.
Smith, Robert W.
This research paper explores the role of schooling in the formation of students' gender identities with particular attention to the social construction of masculinity. Understanding the formation of male identity is important in thinking about the roles of teachers and classrooms. Six pre-service teachers, three male and three female, were selected at random from a pool of volunteers and asked to reflect on and reevaluate the messages they received in school in relation to their gender identities. Through in-depth interviews that were audiotaped, the participants were queried as to their experiences in developing their gender identity. The study suggests that through reevaluating their own experiences, pre-service social studies teachers may be less likely to impose limiting gender definitions on their students. A review of the literature details the research on this topic. (EH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).