Gender Development Scenario [WLO: 1] [CLO: 2]
Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Chapter 13 in the textbook and the guide Healthy Gender Development and Young Children: A Guide for Early Childhood Programs and Professionals (Links to an external site.).
Gender roles often determine the traditional responsibilities and tasks assigned to women, men, girls, and boys. Gender-specific roles are often conditioned by household structure, access to resources, specific impacts of the global economy, occurrence of conflict or disaster, and other locally relevant factors such as ecological conditions. Gender roles can evolve over time, in particular through the empowerment of women and transformation of masculinities (European Institute for Gender Equality, 2018, para 1).
For this discussion, you will choose and analyze two videos from the list below. Think about how each scenario relates to theories of gender typing.
Choose two of the following videos:
- Girl Toys Vs Boy Toys: The Experiment – BBC Stories (Links to an external site.) (BBC Stories, 2017)
- Stereo – A Film About Reversed Gender Stereotypes (Links to an external site.) (Ella Fields, 2017)
- Boys and Girls on Stereotypes (Links to an external site.) (New York Magazine, 2018)
- Mom Argues With Child Over Gender Appropriate Toys (Links to an external site.) (What Would You Do? 2017)
Part 1: Based on what you observed in the two chosen videos, what or who do you think influences gender identity? How is it influenced, and what specifically is influenced?
Part 2: Finally, what are some strategies that stuck out to you from the Healthy gender development and young children: A guide for early childhood programs and professionals (Links to an external site.) and your textbook that would be appropriate to use in your early childhood education (ECE) classroom to minimize gender stereotypes. Please cite and reference the strategies discussed.