An exploration of the impact of gender issues on children aged 0-8

Smith, Joni (2014) An exploration of the impact of gender issues on children aged 0-8. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    From birth to the age of eight children begin to form an understanding of themselves as an individual in society, during this stage one of the earliest identities children develop is gender. As they learn to make sense of the world around them and begin to interact with others, children start to construct their own perspective of what it means to be a boy or a girl. This dissertation explores how children from birth to the age of eight develop their understandings of gender, examines potential issues which may impact this learning process as well as investigating the impact gender has on play and educational achievement. Through thorough investigation this dissertation concluded that the main gender issues impacting children aged 0-8 are social, finding that children’s understanding of gender is largely impacted by the behaviour of others around them and their desire to conform to society’s expectations of gender. This conclusion is also reflective of the links found between gender, play and educational achievement in primary schools, finding that the main impacting issues came from social variables.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Education and Childhood Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2015 09:39
    Last Modified: 16 Jul 2015 09:39
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17720

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