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ERIC Number: EJ927478
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0738-0593
Gender in the Early Years: Boys and Girls in an African Working Class Primary School
Bhana, Deevia; Nzimakwe, Thokozani; Nzimakwe, Phumzile
International Journal of Educational Development, v31 n5 p443-448 Sep 2011
Understanding the ways in which young boys and girls give meaning to gender and sexuality is vital, and is especially significant in the light of South Africa's commitment to gender equality. Yet the, gendered cultures of young children in the early years of South African primary schools remains a, marginal concern in debate, research and interventions around gender equality in education. This, paper addresses this caveat through a small-scale qualitative study of boys and girls between the ages, of 7 and 8 years in an African working class primary school. It focuses on friendships, games, and violent gendered interactions to show how gender features in the cultural world of young children. Given that both boys and girls invest heavily in dominant gender norms, the paper argues that greater, understanding of gender identity processes in the early years of formal schooling are important in, devising strategies to end inequalities and gender violence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa