Boys in Early Childhood Education


In a recent seminar I received some light bulb moments about the meanings and reasons of boys needs and behaviours in ECE.   The question was posed that although girls and boys are very similar with research showing boys just as nurturing as girls -“Are your team ready to meet the needs of boys?

Anecdotal evidence from university graduate statistics summised that a “Lack of male role models is part of why males failing in tertiary education”

Boys play differs from girls generally in that it can be more technical, requiring more rules, maps and structure which leads to activities like collecting, organising and pretend play with defined roles and characters.

The idea that learning is socioculturally learnt is set against the belief that play is innate including gun and superhero play which stemming from 1000’s of years of practising ancient survival skills. Boys need to be active and active…

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