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    #236258 - 02/01/17 07:08 AM research: influence of gender stereotypes on kids
    indigo Offline

    Registered: 04/27/13
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    Gender stereotypes about intellectual ability emerge early and influence children's interests
    Jan 27, 2017

    Researchers from the Departments of Psychology at Princeton University, New York University, and University of Illinois - Champaign reveal their study's findings and methods.

    Originally Posted By: research report
    The results suggest that children’s ideas about brilliance exhibit rapid changes over the period from ages 5 to 7. At 5, boys and girls associated brilliance with their own gender to a similar extent...
    Despite this strong tendency to view one’s gender in a positive light, girls aged 6 and 7 were significantly less likely than boys to associate brilliance with their own gender ...
    Thus, the “brilliance = males” stereotype may be familiar to, and endorsed by, children as young as 6. The stereotype associating females with being nice seems to follow a similar developmental trajectory...
    I found it interesting that the age at which children begin to hold different expectations based on gender approximates the age at which most children have been in school for about a year.

    While correlation does not mean causation, I would be interested to know what proportion of children in the study attended schools with female teachers, aides, lunch room workers, etc... and a male authority figure such as headmaster or principal.

    Related post in General Discussion forum: NYT article

    #236594 - 02/15/17 02:03 AM Re: research: influence of gender stereotypes on kids [Re: indigo]
    puffin Offline

    Registered: 12/11/12
    Posts: 2035
    While I have no problem with mostly female teachers I HATE it when the only male is the principal. I feel it gives a really bad message. I have met people who think it is necessary to stop the environment becoming (a range of derogatory against women words).

    #236597 - 02/15/17 04:29 AM Re: research: influence of gender stereotypes on kids [Re: indigo]
    stemfun Offline

    Registered: 01/23/12
    Posts: 100
    A related article in NAGC newsletter
    Stereotypes Can Hold Boys Back in School Too


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