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ERIC Number: EJ852149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0256-8543
"What a Girl Wants, What a Girl Needs:" Responding to Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in the Early Childhood Classroom
Blaise, Mindy
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, v23 n4 p450 Sum 2009
This paper is based on data generated from a qualitative study of gender and sexuality in a kindergarten classroom. Post-developmental perspectives of sex, gender, and sexuality are used to show how young children are constructing gender and heterosexual discourses in the early childhood classroom. Drawing from feminist post-structuralism and queer theory, theoretical tools are used to examine children's play outside of development. Taking a post-developmental stance towards gender, sex, and sexuality enables the creation of proactive, rather than reactive, strategies for responding to young children's identity construction.
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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