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ERIC Number: EJ1182957
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
'It's Not Right for Boys to Play with Dolls': Young Children Constructing and Policing Gender during 'Free Play' in a South African Classroom
Mayeza, Emmanuel
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v39 n4 p590-602 2018
This paper focuses on the ways in which five- to seven-year-old primary school children in a Black/African township in South Africa construct and experience 'free play' in the classroom. Findings highlight the gendered manner in which play is constructed and constantly policed by these young children during 'free play'. By foregrounding the young children's gendered constructions and experiences of 'free play', the paper challenges the common sense teacher perceptions and constructions of children's play that suggest children have 'free choice'. The paper reveals that play is far from a 'free' activity as it is heavily constrained by specific contextual gender norms and expectations which limit possibilities by reproducing polarised versions of gender and perpetuate gender inequalities. Implications focus on the ways in which teachers can work with children to challenge the boundaries of gender during 'free play'.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa