Gender, Sex and Children's Play (Paperback)
  • Gender, Sex and Children's Play (Paperback)

Gender, Sex and Children's Play (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 11/08/2016
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Does gender, sex and sexuality influence children's play, and their learning? Can/should professionals try to influence children's gender and sexual concepts? Can/should professionals try to prevent gender stereotyping? These and other questions are explored in a lively and thought-provoking text that looks at why and how children inhabit or develop their gender and sexuality. Written in an approachable way and illustrated with case studies and linked to current research and theory, the book helps students, teachers and playworkers understand the debates about biology versus culture and social learning and how these impact on children's expression of gender and sexuality. Engaging the reader in a thorough reflection of their own views and approaches to the genderized and sexualized behaviour of children at play, this text is an invaluable guide for all those interested in the importance of play, gender and sexuality and how they relate to children's lives. Topics include: play and the behaviour of boys and girls within particular social contexts; play and girls' and boys' sexual behaviour and their associated feelings; play and children's self-concepts and expectations; the professional adult workers' role and the manifestation of genderized and/or sexualized play behaviour both in and outside a setting.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472524584
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 299 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 13 mm

This thought-provoking text ... [contains] plenty of fascinating case studies and links to current research and theory. * Nursery World *
Jacky Kilvington and Ali Wood are to be commended for bringing a number of the key debates together with examples of children's play drawn from practice and experience ... Gender, Sex and Children's Play is an accessible and informative book that should be particularly useful to practitioners working with children and young people. * The International Journal of Play *
This is an interesting and stimulating book written in an accessible, engaging and thought-provoking manner. It explores the contemporary and often controversial issues of gender, sex and children's play with an approach that offers ways of developing reflection and self-awareness. It is pertinent for playwork and other children's services, such as early years providers and schools and will be of interest to practitioners, academics, students and tutors. * Julia Sexton, Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University, UK *
This is an important book. In the clear-eyed way that it addresses what is still, too often, a taboo subject, it adds hugely to our understanding of children's play and how to support it. It will be of great interest not just to people working with children, but to anyone with an interest in human sexuality, gender and identity. * Adrian Voce OBE is a writer and consultant on public provision for children's play. Previously Director of the Children's Play Council (2003-6) and founding director of Play England (2006-11). *
In our world of ever-changing understanding about gender identity and diversity, this timely book offers an insightful and refreshing exploration of the complex issues surrounding gender, sex and children's play. Writing in a straightforward and accessible style, these dynamic female authors and experienced playworkers challenge some of our perceptions and established views about gender differences, the sexualisation of childhood and gendered play behaviour. This book draws on a wealth of current research and theoretical perspectives, which are sensitively evaluated and clearly summarised. The authors raise some thought-provoking questions, occasionally pushing the limits of our comfort zones, as they challenge us to consider the thorny issues surrounding children's sexuality and the gender divide. The wide variety of personal and professional observations, anecdotal evidence and real life examples bring the text to life, and the reflective questions serve to stimulate further discussion. In their afterword, the authors present some searching questions for practitioners, alongside inspirational and practical recommendations for professional playwork practice. Essential reading for playworkers and all those who work with children at play, this book is also a valuable resource for parents and carers, teachers, playwork and early years students, their tutors, mentors and supervisors. * Janet Stearns, Professor, Education Faculty, Saint Michael's College, USA *
Dedicated to the importance of play in children's lives, Kilvington and Wood focus on how gender identity and sexuality are expressed in children's play and how adults can most constructively respond. Reviewing the research on gender, they have a healthy skepticism toward the partial findings and biases that may distort the various conflicting assertions. One of the strengths of the book is the regular insertion of questions for the reader to consider. Although the context is British, American educators can learn from the examples and concerns the authors offer. The challenge is to consider how one's own thinking and experience affect what one sees in children's play. Respect for the unique experience of childhood shines through each of the writers' points. Often underestimated, the value of children's play is clearly demonstrated. As times change, ideas change. Adults need to observe carefully how children use the information that society gives them. Relatively brief, this is a book where reading the appendixes and the glossary is well worthwhile. Summing Up: Highly recommended: All readership levels. * S. Sugarman, Bennington College *
A brilliant text that gives the students a very important perspective on an extremely topical and vitally important issue that is becoming increasingly important in early years (and beyond). * Cathryn Keighley, Programme Leader BA (Hons) Professional Practice, Leeds Trinity University, UK *

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