ERIC Number: EJ684600
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Children's Perceptions of Gender Discrimination
Brown, Christia Spears; Bigler, Rebecca S.
Developmental Psychology, v40 n5 p714-726 Sep 2004
Children (N = 76; ages 5-10 years) participated in a study designed to examine perceptions of gender discrimination. Children were read scenarios in which a teacher determined outcomes for 2 students (1 boy and 1 girl). Contextual information (i.e., teacher's past behavior), the gender of the target of discrimination (i.e., student), and the gender of the perpetrator (i.e., teacher) were manipulated. Results indicated that older children were more likely than younger children to make attributions to discrimination when contextual information suggested that it was likely. Girls (but not boys) were more likely to view girls than boys as victims of discrimination, and children with egalitarian gender attitudes were more likely to perceive discrimination than were their peers.
Descriptors: Sex Fairness, Student Attitudes, Sex, Teacher Behavior, Sex Differences, Context Effect, Age
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Kindergarten
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