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ERIC Number: EJ821037
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
The Cooking Teacher: Investigating Gender Stereotypes in a Korean Kindergarten
Brooker, Liz; Ha, Sang-Jin
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v25 n1 p17-30 Mar 2005
This article discusses some findings from a small-scale investigation of children's gendered beliefs and behaviours in a Korean kindergarten which was attempting to challenge gender stereotyping through the anti-bias intervention of a "cooking curriculum". A sample of 14 children, some with "working" mothers and some with "housewife" mothers, was observed for two months, and informally interviewed on several occasions. The children's mothers were also interviewed. The findings are situated in the context of the changing, but still traditional, culture of Korean society, as well as in the contexts of early childhood education and theories of gender acquisition. They confirm that, although children are highly likely to reproduce the beliefs current in their home environment, they are open to reconstructing these views when actively challenged to consider alternatives, either by the school curriculum or by engaging in debate with a researcher or practitioner. The nature of the "alternative" views available may however be problematic.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Korea