How do children develop concepts of gender?

Strong, S. (2020) How do children develop concepts of gender? Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

By reviewing secondary sources, this small-scale research project aimed to investigate how children develop concepts of gender. The topic of gender has long been of interest to researchers and professionals within the field of Early Childhood Education and Care and can be considered one of the most prevalent issues present in contemporary society.
The literature drawn upon in this report highlights differences in the ways the terms sex and gender are understood. For example, definitions for the term sex appear relatively fixed however gender, on the other hand, is considered to be more fluid, and is increasingly being viewed as a spectrum on which individuals place themselves depending on their values and interests. Research considered in this report also demonstrates how children’s understanding of gender is influenced by a range of developmental and environmental factors which affect how they view themselves and others.
Although, society generally appears increasingly open and accepting of gender-diversity, potentially harmful norms, expectations and stereotypes, which restrict children’s opportunities and choices as they develop into adulthood, continue to exist.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Honours) Degree in Childhood Studies: Early Years
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Departments > Childhood and Youth
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Wendy Ellison
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2020 15:46
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2020 15:46
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/5414

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