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ERIC Number: ED467284
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 11
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Examining the Effectiveness of Entering the Story World of Characters Portraying Diverse Gender Roles.
Rice, Peggy S.
Research suggests that literacy practices are a key site for the construction of gender in society and that widening the range of discourses available to both boys and girls is important to expanding the possibilities for how they construct their definitions of masculinity and femininity. A study compared children's responses to picture storybooks that portray characters in nontraditional gender roles before dramatization and after dramatization of the stories. It is part of a larger study that investigates the ways children's gender identity influences their construction of meaning in peer-led literature discussion groups as they discuss books in which the characters portray nontraditional roles and/or traits, as well as investigating how transmediation sustains or transforms participants' awareness of gender identities. Research was conducted in a third-grade classroom in a K-6 rural midwestern elementary school (a professional development school). Participants (n=24) were white and from mid to low socioeconomic backgrounds. Children read two picture storybooks portraying nontraditional males and two picture storybooks with nontraditional female gender portrayal and rated them. Children then spent two hours on three separate days preparing dramatizations and presented their dramatizations to the class. After dramatization, children rated the stories again according to how much they liked the book and explained their rationale for their rating. Results indicated that dramatizing stories affected children's responses to a story in which the characters are portrayed in nontraditional roles in a positive manner, especially boys. Ratings for both of the books portraying nontraditional males increased the most. (Contains 3 tables and 20 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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