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Early preschool environments and gender: Effects of gender pedagogy in Sweden
Univ Wisconsin, Dept Psychol, Madison, WI 53706 USA..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. Oxford Brookes Univ, Dept Psychol, Oxford OX3 0BP, England.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2017 (English)In: Journal of experimental child psychology (Print), ISSN 0022-0965, E-ISSN 1096-0457, Vol. 162, 1-17 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To test how early social environments affect children's consideration of gender, 3- to 6-year-old children (N = 80) enrolled in gender-neutral or typical preschool programs in the central district of a large Swedish city completed measures designed to assess their gender-based social preferences, stereotypes, and automatic encoding. Compared with children in typical preschools, a greater proportion of children in the gender-neutral school were interested in playing with unfamiliar other-gender children. In addition, children attending the gender-neutral preschool scored lower on a gender stereotyping measure than children attending typical preschools. Children at the gender-neutral school, however, were not less likely to automatically encode others' gender. The findings suggest that gender-neutral pedagogy has moderate effects on how children think and feel about people of different genders but might not affect children's tendency to spontaneously notice gender.

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ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC , 2017. Vol. 162, 1-17 p.
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Children, Gender, Attitudes, Stereotypes, Encoding, Socialization
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-331206DOI: 10.1016/j.jecp.2017.04.014ISI: 000405539800001PubMedID: 28551105OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-331206DiVA: diva2:1149393
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Swedish Research Council, 421-2011-1785
Available from: 2017-10-16 Created: 2017-10-16 Last updated: 2017-10-16Bibliographically approved

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