Various order and discipline functions are a clear part of everyday activities in preschool and primary education, and sometimes involve children being given the job of teacher's helper. The results of Ylva Odenbring's thesis show how this role (referred to as "sub-teacher" by researchers) can actually be divided into three different functions: mixed groups, sub-teachers and shock absorbers.
The function of maintaining order as shock absorbers and the responsibility for mixing up groups is, however, something that is given only to girls. The primary role of shock absorbers is to calm down rowdy boys.
"It's based on an idea of girls' expected maturity, which in turn builds on traditional patterns and cements stereotypical expectations," says Odenbring.Boys physically close
Download the thesis from http://gupea.ub.gu.se/handle/2077/22144
Ylva Odenbring works at the University of Borås. She is presenting her thesis Hugs, Categorisations and Sub-Teachers. Gender Constructions in Interaction in Preschool, Preschool Class and the First Grade at the Department of Education at the University of Gothenburg.For more information, please contact: Ylva Odenbring:
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