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ERIC Number: EJ1187437
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2223-7674
Playing into Gender Stereotyping in a Preschool Theatre Production
Fritz, Elzette
South African Journal of Childhood Education, v1 n2 p112-126 Sep 2011
This article gives a critical analysis of a nursery school (kindergarten/pre-school) play performance, in which lyrics and movement set the stage for gender stereotyping and sexualised behaviour. Using extracts of lyrics, the reader is invited to participate as an outsider and 'witness' (in accordance with narrative therapy tradition) to the way in which young children are placed as objects of stereotyping, in roles determined by the teacher play directors. To begin with the reader is introduced to socio-cultural psychology (specifically to the theory of childhood development) that focuses on the acquisition of gender roles. I argue that many school plays, especially at pre-school level, are developed for the entertainment of the (mostly) adult audience without considering what will be in the best interest of the young 'actors'. I refer to this as an act of perversion, while arguing that this is an educationally careless and irresponsible activity that prevails in school stage performances across a variety of schools in South Africa. I propose, rather, that a school play, as a cultural ritual, should be employed as a therapeutic tool to the aid of childhood development. Contains a bibliography.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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