This page contains the Learning Resources for this week. Be sure to scroll down the page to see all of the assigned resources for this week. To view this week’s media resources, please use the streaming media player below.
Note: Please read/view the following Required Resources in the order indicated below. You are required to view only the segments of the CD-ROM that are indicated in the Learning Resources. Be aware that the developmental domains are referred to differently on the CD-ROM than they are in the course text (i.e., the biological realm is the same as the physical domain, and the psychosocial realm is the same as the social and emotional domain).
In this media segment, you will observe young children 3 to 5 years old in a mixed-age preschool classroom.Note: You will need to watch this media segment in order to complete your Application Assignment for this week.
With these Learning Resources in mind, please proceed to the Content Review.
Gender Development and Stereotyping
“As early as age 2½, children have learned basic stereotypes about the sexes, including information about appearance and activities” (Martin & Fabes, 2009, p. 304).
Think about young children you know. Think about what they like to play, the activities they choose to participate in, or their favorite toys. Now, think about your own childhood. What were some of your favorite activities and toys? What messages did you receive—from your family, school, culture, and community—about being a boy or being a girl?
For this Discussion, review the section “How Do Young Children Develop a Concept of Gender?” in your course text (pp. 302 – 308). Think about gender stereotyping and the three theories—biological, social learning, and cognitive—that “attempt to explain critical changes that affect children’s gender development” (Martin & Fabes, 2009, p. 306).
With these thoughts in mind:
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