Playing into gender stereotyping in a preschool theatre production

South African Journal of Childhood Education

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Title Playing into gender stereotyping in a preschool theatre production
Creator Fritz, Elzette
Subject — school-play performance, gender stereotyping, sexualised behaviour, sociocultural —
Description This article gives a critical analysis of a nursery school(kindergarten/pre-school) play performance, in which lyrics and movement set the stage for gender stereotyping and sexualised behaviour. Using extracts of lyrics, the reader is invited to participate as an outsider and ‘witness’ (in accordance with narrative therapy tradition) to the way in which young children are placed as objects of stereotyping, in roles determined bythe teacher play directors. To begin with the reader is introduced to socio-cultural psychology (specifically to the theory of childhood development) that focuses on the acquisition of gender roles. I argue that many school plays, especially at pre-school level, are developed for the entertainment of the (mostly) adult audience without considering what will be in the best interest of the young ‘actors’. I refer to this as an act of perversion, while arguing that this is an educationally careless and irresponsible activity that prevails in school stage performances across a variety of schools in SouthAfrica. I propose, rather, that a school play, as a cultural ritual should be employed as therapeutic tool to the aid of childhood development.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2011-12-31
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajce.v1i2.88
Source South African Journal of Childhood Education; Vol 1, No 2 (2011); 15 pages 2223-7682 2223-7674
Language eng
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Rights Copyright (c) 2011 Elzette Fritz