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Modifying Gender Stereotypes in Primary School

Hugh Gash, Mark Morgan and Ciaran Sugrue
The Irish Journal of Education / Iris Eireannach an Oideachais
Vol. 27, No. 1/2 (Summer/Winter, 1993), pp. 60-70
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30077369
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

Primary school teachers taught a programme designed to reduce stereotyped beliefs about gender in pupils from infants' class to fifth class (5 to 11 years of age). The programme, developed on the basis of constructivist theory, involved teaching strategies designed to lead pupils to question existing beliefs. On measures administered before introducing the programme, rural pupils were found to be more stereotyped than urban pupils, and pupils in mixed-sex schools differed from pupils in single-sex schools in personal social stereotypes. The programme was found to be effective in infants' classes and in urban but not in rural classes. There was also evidence that the programme diminished girls' perceptions of gender stereotypes.

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