A gendered contribution to play? Perceptions of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) practitioners in England on how their gender influences their approaches to play

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Josephidou, J. 2019. A gendered contribution to play? Perceptions of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) practitioners in England on how their gender influences their approaches to play. Early Years. 40 (1), pp. 95-108. https://doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2019.1655713
AuthorsJosephidou, J.
Abstract

There is a persistent suggestion that the lack of men who choose to work with young children (0–5 years) is detrimental to children’s learning and development. This study analysed whether practitioners believed that men who work with young children adopt specific approaches within a play pedagogy. Practitioner beliefs about how their gender influences their practices were gathered through qualitative surveys and open-ended, photo-based interviews. This paper argues that practitioners use conflicting scripts to discuss their gendered approaches to play; it proposes that opportunities to explore gender critically, through gender sensitivity training, are vital for ECEC practitioners to ensure that a high-quality workforce is developed that can be flexible in its practices and pedagogy.

KeywordsEducation; Developmental and educational psychology; Gender; Play; Early years education
Year2019
JournalEarly Years
Journal citation40 (1), pp. 95-108
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0957-5146
1472-4421
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2019.1655713
Official URLhttps://doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2019.1655713
Publication dates
Online19 Aug 2019
Print01 Jan 2020
Publication process dates
Accepted11 Aug 2019
Deposited13 May 2021
Accepted author manuscript
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Open
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