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dc.contributor.author Schulz, Chelsi Ann en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-02T22:05:56Z en
dc.date.available 2017-05-02T22:05:56Z en
dc.date.issued 2016 en
dc.identifier.citation Schulz, Chelsi Ann. 2016. Promoting Gender Equity: A Handbook for Early Educators. School of Education, Sonoma State University. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/190394 en
dc.description.abstract Statement of Intent: The intent of this creative project was to develop a practical handbook for early childhood educators that would assist them in the conscious promotion of gender equity in their everyday work with children and families. Although the handbook was targeted to educators specifically, it can be of use to anyone who cares for and works with young children between the ages of 0-8 years in a variety of settings and capacities. Scope of the Project: The handbook was created to provide a succinct yet comprehensive exploration of gender in early childhood. It offers background information on the origin of young children’s gender identities, outlines the typical developmental sequence associated with gender in the first eight years of life, as well as addresses many of the accompanying issues and challenges that frequently arise during this important developmental period. Practical strategies that have proven effective in the active promotion of gender equity are discussed, as is the importance of forming partnerships with families and taking into account the impact of culture as it relates to gender issues. The handbook cites additional resources that are available to readers who may be interested in learning more about the topics presented. Procedure: I began by conducting an in-depth review of the existing literature, drawing from material found in scholarly peer-reviewed articles, professional journals, academic textbooks, and other published works. I then used this literature review as the basis for writing the handbook, extracting the most fundamental information to inform teacher practice. en
dc.description.sponsorship Foremost, I must acknowledge the incredible team of people who helped transform the idea of this handbook into a reality: my thesis committee at Sonoma State University comprised of Drs. Filp-Hanke, Bacigalupa, and Elster. In particular, I wish to say thank you to my chairperson, Dr. Johanna Filp-Hanke, for your continuous warmth, guidance, and sage advice. You have been an invaluable support system to me, not only during this project, but throughout my entire graduate school career as well. All of your thoughtful feedback, words of encouragement, and the confidence that you expressed in my abilities has helped me along every step of the way. Thank you to Dr. Chiara Bacigalupa for teaching me the importance of advocacy on behalf of children and families, and that every person has what it takes to become an advocate in some form or another. You also motivated me to keep abreast of policy, its impact upon early childhood education, and more broadly, the health and welfare of our nation. Last but certainly not least, thank you to Dr. Charles Elster. You, too, have helped me to grow immensely as both a scholar and a professional within the field. I like to think that you planted the seeds for this project long before I ever began work on my thesis, when in my very first graduate course you posed a question about male/female power dynamics within the classroom, and demonstrated a concern for equitable learning environments for all students. I will continue to think of each of you as my mentors, and to derive inspiration from your teachings! Secondly, I wish to express my sincerest appreciation to my amazing family and friends. In particular, thank you to my parents-in-law, Craig and Judy, who have always treated me like a daughter and believed in me. Thank you to my sister-in-law, Lindsey, for the illustration you made for me to include in my thesis project. Thank you to my sister, Dr. Chauntel Wiggins, for all of your words of wisdom and moral support. Thank you to my partner, Bryan, whose love brings added beauty and joy to each new day, whose support helps keep me going when the going gets tough, and whose sense of humor ensures that I have a never-ending supply of laughter in my life. You mean the world to me. Finally, I cannot forget about my furry fourlegged companion, Autumn. A simple tail wag from you can rid me of my stress in an instant, which certainly came in handy during the time I spent working on this project! I am forever grateful to each and every one of you. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher School of Education, Sonoma State University en
dc.title Promoting Gender Equity: A Handbook for Early Educators en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.sonomaauthor Schulz, Chelsi Ann en
dc.contributor.committeeMember Filp-Hanke, Johanna en
dc.contributor.committeeMember Bacigalupa, Chiara en
dc.contributor.committeeMember Elster, Charles en

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