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ERIC Number: EJ972615
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
Exploring Gender Norms through the "Colour Blind" Initiative
Niblett, Blair; Potvin, Leigh
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v22 n2 p4-6 Win 2010
Recently, the authors have been collecting data for a research project that explores secondary school boys' perceptions of masculinity. They spent a week in Leigh's grade 11 philosophy class discussing gender while observing and video recording students' perception for analysis. In their research, they used Colour Blind as a vehicle for unearthing students' perceptions about masculinity. Colour Blind is a group initiative task that involves a blindfold for each participant and a structured array of coloured shapes. After completing the blindfolded problem-solving task, their group was able to make a list of typically masculine leadership strategies. The authors propose that, as time goes by, the Colour Blind experience may help these students to name and challenge dominant gender norms that would otherwise go unquestioned. The initiative can also be used as an innovative experiential approach for exploring concrete or abstract concepts across the Ontario K-12 curriculum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 11; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada