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ERIC Number: EJ861642
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1027
Homophobia, Sexism, and Early Childhood Education: A Review of the Literature
Duke, Thomas Scott; McCarthy, Kathrin W.
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, v30 n4 p385-403 2009
We reviewed 31 articles that explored issues related to gender and sexuality in early childhood education (ECE) settings. This body of literature suggests that ECE programs and elementary schools often reinforce the homophobia, heterosexism, and sexism that characterize contemporary U.S. society. A number of the articles described strategies that the teachers of young children can use to promote gender equality, respect for sexual diversity, and healthy sexual development. We concluded our review with a discussion of third-wave feminism, queer theory, and the important role that community college and university-based teacher education programs can play in helping the teachers of young children actively challenge systems of privilege and oppression based on gender and sexuality. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A