Community and family studies Project Plan By Storm Menzies Chosen Research topic: Research on this topic has been chosen due to it prominence with in society, whilst also being of interest for further education in the field of social science. Question: what factors contribute to the socialization of children in defining gender role perceptions? This research aim’s to identify the internal and external influences that may contribute to a child’s perception of gender roles and stereotypes. This research also aims to determine whether internal or external factors are most influential during this development.
Internal factors: External factors: Parental influence The media- in the form of magazines and advertising The family unit/structure The education system targeting pre-school Hypothesis: Although both internal and external factors will a have significant influence on the gender development with in the child, internal factors will play a bigger role in perceiving gender roles and stereotypes. It is also hypothesised that there will be more defined perception of gender roles amongst the older of the survey participants.
Meet requirements Core concepts-lifespan development Core strand – groups Course Concepts Involved The influence of socialization on a child’s gender role perception relates to several of the Community and Family Studies chapters. These are: Chap 2 Resource Management – wellbeing, needs, wants, Chap 3 Individuals and Groups – gender perceptions Chap 4Families and Communities – lifespan development This topic relates to all of these chapters’ socialization affects the wellbeing of both genders and the differences in gender perceptions in the childhood stage of the lifespan.
Primary Research Methods
The following research methods will be used to collect primary data: * 150- Questionnaires- quantaive data (stratified sampling methods) * 2 hours -Observations- qualitive data * 5 -Interviews –qualitive data Information to be collected Through the use of the above listed research methods, information relevant to the justification of my hypothesis will be gathered, to fulfil the aim of the research; 1) To identify the internal and external factors that contributes to gender role perceptions in children 2) To determine with of these factors have the most significance on children’s development in defining gender roles and stereotypes.
These age brackets were chosen to determine if gender role perceptions have changed through societal evolution These age brackets were chosen to determine if gender role perceptions have changed through societal evolution Through the use of questionnaires quantitative data will be gathered to identify if/what the gender role stereotypes are, and whether external or internal factors play a more defining role. These will be sent via the use of social networking sites and random sapling targeting people in age brackets: * Under 18 -32 (Generation Y) * 33-47 (generation x) * 48 -66 (baby boomers) 0 surveys will be given to each of the age brackets for completion Through the use of observations, the way in which children play will be examined to identify in particular what they choose to play with; thus this research method will support the quantitative data collected in the questionnaires. Observation will be carried out for a 1-hour period, the first with an arranged childcare, and the 2nd in a local park to prevent bias and influence from childcare workers. 5 separate interviews will be conducted in aim of understanding the reason why, behind gender role socialization.
The interview participants will be a child aged 5, another aged 10, and a parent all in separate face to face interviews. A pre-school teacher and a professor of sociology will be interviewed through an internet channel . This research method will verify and support the trends discovered in the questionnaire and observations. Secondary sources Secondary research will be gathered through various mediums, such as websites, books, magazines and newspaper articles, documentaries and past research papers. Examples of these are listed below:
Medium| Example| Books| * “The gender trap: A feminist Poststructuralist analysis of primary school children’s talk about gender. ”- By Peter Wherrrit * “Skipping’s forgirls: Children’s perceptions of gender roles and gender”-by Ann Hawthorn (and others) * “Parental toy choice stereotyping and its effect on child toy preference and sex role typing: Social Behavior and Personality”- By Peretti, peter o, Sydney, Tiffany M. * “Boys will be boys: The effect of social evaluation concerns on gender-typing”. -By R.
Banerjee * “Cinderella in the classroom; children’s response to gender”-by Edward Westland * websites| Websites| * http://gozips. uakron. edu/~susan8/parinf. htm * http://www. aber. ac. uk/media/Students/hzi9402. html * http://scx. sagepub. com/content/29/1/35. abstract * http://www. sociology. org/media-studies/care-bears-vs-transformers-gender-stereotypes * http://www. mariecurie. org/annals/volume3/crespi. pdf * http://findarticles. com/p/articles/mi_m2248/is_n126_v32/ai_196194 06/ * http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Gender_role * http://en. ikipedia. org/wiki/Socialization| Magazine and newspaper| * John Hopkins magazine * Who magazine * The daily telegraph * Sunday telegraph * Ok magazine * Take 5 magazine| Research papers| * Influences of Children’s Socialization to Gender Roles -Sarah A. Chartschlaa * The Influence of Gender-Typed Attitudes on the Selection of Toys- Pragati Shah, Steven Minett and Shanna Sutherland * The Role of Gender Stereotypes in Children’s Preferences and Behavior-Cindy Faith Miller Hanns Martin Trautner Diane N. Rubl| Timeline Week 3, Term 4 Introduction to the Independent Research Project * Think about possible topics of interest and identify resources available * Choose topic Week 4, Term 4 * Identify question * Research secondary sources * Begin project plan Week 5, Term 4 * Continue researching secondary resources * Identify a hypothesis Week 6, Term 4 * Complete plan * Project plan due Week 7, Term 4 * Write questionnaire’s * Get permission from childcare to carry out observations * Draw observations table. Week 8, Term 4 * Hand out/send questionnaires * Identify interview subjects * Gather interview questions
Week 9, Term 4——– Week 1,Term 1 (holidays) * Collate questionnaires, interviews, and observation results * Interpret and critically analyse data in brief notes * Continue compiling secondary sources/appendix Week 2, Term 1 * Write literature review Week 3, Term 1 * Write methodology Week 4, Term 1 * Display results Week 5, Term 1 * Write analysis and conclusion Week 7, Term 1 * Type up Bibliography * Write introduction Week 8, Term 1 * Collate appendix * Do final presentation/proof read Week 9, Term 1 * Submit Individual Research Project draft to Ms James