ERIC Number: EJ1135653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Bodies Displayed on Walls: Are Children's Bodies Represented in an Inclusive Way in the Pictures on the Walls in Their Early Childhood Educational Environments?
Martínez-Bello, Vladimir E.; Martínez-Bello, Judith T.
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v37 n2 p173-188 2017
The messages conveyed by visual representations in the early childhood education (ECE) environment are critical to ensuring the success of inclusive practices. Given that anti-bias education permeates and affects everything which takes place in ECE institutions, the challenge for early childhood educators is to think creatively about how classroom walls can be used effectively as part of an educational environment rather than for purely decorative purposes. Our research aimed to examine, through a content analysis of the illustrations, the representation of the body taking into account the different categories as they are portrayed on nine different ECE classroom walls in Spanish public schools. Results show that the ECE walls are teaching gender equality to young children, with no single predominant role for girls or boys, but that they are not contributing to children learning about corporal diversity related to disability and ageing.
Descriptors: Human Body, Early Childhood Education, Visual Stimuli, Inclusion, Foreign Countries, Public Schools, Social Justice, Gender Issues, Sex Fairness, Freehand Drawing, Illustrations, Classroom Environment, Content Analysis, Coding, Age Differences, Gender Differences, Clothing, Adults, Children, Geographic Location, Disabilities, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Spain (Valencia)
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