Gender Socialisation Commences At Birth, Parental Conditioning And Expectations

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Gender socialisation commences at birth, parental conditioning and expectations are confirmed with the introduction and expectations that girls play with dolls and boys play with trucks and cars. Girls are seen as the homemakers whilst boys are guided more towards building, climbing and rough and tumble play. This continues at primary school where girls are encouraged to wear dresses for their uniforms and boys shorts or long pants. Boys are chastised if they cry and therefore learn to hold back their emotions. This could result in excess anger and frustration manifesting into aggression and possible labelling of the child (UNICEF, 2015).

People who internalize the social norms of society are less likely to commit misdemeanours or advocate drastic social changes. In all societies, however, there are individuals who do not follow culturally defined standards and social norms. This could be due to not having received adequate socialisation. These people are usually considered to be eccentric, mentally ill or criminals and are likely to end up being incarcerated (, 2015).
Teaching in the twenty first century classroom brings a multitude of values, ethics, morals, attitudes and standards. Students are more likely to come from diverse backgrounds which could include single parent, same sex parents or grandparents as primary carers. These factors will influence how children are socialised in the child’s microsystem, as defined by Bronfenbrenner (as cited in…

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