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Sherfinski, Melissa; Slocum, Audra – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2018
This case study using ethnographic methods addresses how teachers shape cultural processes related to girlhoods, and the roles of children's play in this dynamic. Poststructuralist theory of the carnival was used to analyze gendered, classed power dynamics within two rural Appalachian preschool classrooms influenced by a popular local festival.…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Play, Gender Issues, Power Structure
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Earles, Jennifer – Gender and Education, 2017
Children's literature helps young people make sense of gender. However, while books offer children the imaginative ability to create their own worlds, normative gender can manifest in characters and stories. The study described in this article draws upon "disruptive" storytimes with 114 preschool children, interviews with 20 parents and…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Gender Issues, Preschool Children, Interviews