Sometimes I Can Be Anything: Power, Gender, and Identity in a Primary Classroom / Edition 1

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Overview

In "Sometimes I Can Be Anything", Karen Gallas explores young children's experience and understanding of gender, race, and power as revealed by the interactions within her first and second grade classroom. Presenting classroom research conducted over a four-year period, this experienced teacher-researcher focuses on the ways in which children collectively develop their social world. To bring that world to life, the author presents the voices and actions of specific children. The reader will meet the "bad boys," Tony and Tom; Josie, a "tom boy"; "beautiful" Dierdre; Latia and Alexis, "proud and taking no risks"; and Rachel, a "silent girl." Because Gallas watches the same children for several years, she uncovers classroom dynamics that remain obscure in most studies of teaching and learning. For example, she has seen the effects of physical beauty on a child's behavior, has noted how some children play with the idea of being the other sex, and has tracked the alliances of silent girls. This provocative book will enable the reader to look again with new eyes at his or her own classroom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807736951
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Practitioner Inquiry Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Gender as Performance 1
Ch. 1 Teacher Research: Texts and Subtexts 15
Ch. 2 The Gender Circus 25
Ch. 3 Bad Boys and Their Stories 32
Ch. 4 Silence as a Fortress and a Prison 45
Ch. 5 Posing 57
Ch. 6 The Saturday Game 66
Ch. 7 Your Mother Squeezes Your Brains Out Your Ears 75
Ch. 8 Sing a Song to Your Friends to Make Them Feel Better 85
Ch. 9 "What Does That Mean, the 'N' Word?" 100
Ch. 10 Girls in Public 111
Ch. 11 Dreamin' of How it Could Be 126
Afterword 141
References 149
Index 151
About the Author 154
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