How Gender Stereotyping Is Important For Teachers Better Understanding Of Their Students And Ways They Can Help Them
From an early age children develop ideas about their gender and how they should behave. These ideas come from a child’s background, the media, advertising and within the classroom (Reay, 2001, p.155; Skelton, 2001, p.100). This guide is for early learning educators is and will describe and discuss the issues associated with gender stereotyping. This guide will also provide a strategy to address the issues within early learning and provide a professional development activity to help teachers better understand gender stereotyping. This guide will illustrate how gender stereotyping occurs in the classroom, why it is important for educators to understand the issues, how relationships and behaviour are affected and the limiting nature of stereotyping (Legewie & DiPrete, 2012 p.408; Reay, 2001, p.155). This guide will give an educator a better understanding of their students and ways they can help them.
What is gender stereotyping?
Gender is what society defines as masculine or feminine (National Union of Teachers, 2013, p.3). Society and culture has defining the roles of men and women by attributing certain characteristics and behaviors as being masculine or feminine (Med.monash.edu.au, 2016). By creating these ‘gender roles’, society has created gender stereotypes. Gender stereotypes are present in all facets of society, here are some examples:
Men are ‘tradies’ and women are nurses and teachers.
Women work inside and men do ‘dirty’…