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Boys and Girls: Superheroes in the Doll Corner

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  8 reviews
"Paley has a sharp ear for the rhythm and inflections of childhood. Her vignettes give us a revealing glimpse into children's inner lives, and her discussion of her own discomfort with boy's play and approval of that of girls raises and important issue."—Carole Wade, Psychology Today

"I will admit my biases up front: having a three-year old daughter of my own made it imposs
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 15th 1986 by University Of Chicago Press (first published December 31st 1984)
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Bea Elwood
Feb 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: work-stuff
Understand this was published in 1984, by a 25+ veteran teacher, and she makes some comment about how stereotypes are there for a reason, but also this is a journey that a person takes who wants to understand how our understanding about things are changing. I appreciate that she tries several approaches to being a more mindful teacher who considers gender issues and inequality in her classroom. This is some work that needs to be as open minded today. I loved how easy this read was and how relata ...more
Beth
Sep 07, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: early childhood educators and parents
Well, the science-y person in me really wants some cold hard facts to back up any assertion, but this book has some really great anectodotal information based on a very detailed log of a kindegarten teacher recording and observing her class (and herself). It's like being a fly, not on the wall, but inside her head, as she tries to analyze differences in behavior for boys and girls. Your guess as to they "why" behind the what is as good as hers, though. It has definitely helped me realize that de ...more
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Jan 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2007
This was a good book. It was very interesting to read her insights in the way children play differently. Some of the things were pretty obvious to any parent who has watched their children play and I don't really care for generalizations about people but all in all it was an interesting read. ...more
Kacie
Aug 31, 2011 rated it liked it
I read it for class. I don't think it helped with the content of the class but it was definitely the cutest research I've ever read. ...more
Jamie
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
While I came away with a better understanding and acceptance of gender stereotypes and the fantasy play of both sexes, what I took away the most from this book was "Whew, I'm so glad I have a girl." ...more
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Not bad for an assigned book. There was like no ending though..
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A bit outdated--children don't get to play in kindergarten any more--but an interesting view of children and the way they interact. ...more
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Any one who has boys and girls at home or in class should read this book.
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Vivian Gussin Paley was an American pre-school and kindergarten teacher, early childhood education researcher, and author.

She taught and did most of her research at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Despite her status in the field today, she has described the first thirteen years of her teaching career as being an "uninspired and uninspir
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