Proceedings of the International Conference on Early Childhood Education and Parenting 2019 (ECEP 2019)

Building-Blocks: Children’s Reflection on Gender

Authors
Marina Trie Ramadhany Gunawan, Hani Yulindrasari
Corresponding Author
Marina Trie Ramadhany Gunawan
Available Online 10 August 2020.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.200808.033How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Blocks, children, reflection, gender
Abstract
This article discusses how gender is constructed through building blocks toys. Using the perspective of post developmentalism, we examined the building blocks as learning media in early childhood education. We conducted a two-month focused ethnography in a kindergarten in the city of Bandung, Indonesia. We found that gender stereotypes in the society are implicated in children’s interaction with the building-blocks. Thus, the building-blocks toy becomes a medium of gender binary construction. Through playing with the building blocks, boys and girls constructed an understanding of what boys could do and girls could not do, which result in strict limitation of girls’ access to the building blocks, an effective medium to develop spatial and other cognitive abilities. Based on the findings, we recommend that teachers improve their gender awareness especially in the context of early childhood learning so that the teachers can create a more gender equal learning athmosphere.
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Proceedings
International Conference on Early Childhood Education and Parenting 2019 (ECEP 2019)
Part of series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
10 August 2020
ISBN
978-94-6239-040-9
ISSN
2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.200808.033How to use a DOI?
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license.

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