Fairness Extended: Superheroes, Helicopters, and the Unchosen

Patricia M. Cooper

in The Classrooms All Young Children Need

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780226115238
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226115252 | DOI:
Fairness Extended: Superheroes, Helicopters, and the Unchosen

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This chapter presents the author's change of viewpoint from race to gender, developmental difference, and popularity as sources of exclusion in the preschool and kindergarten, which Paley exposes in Boys and Girls: Superheroes in the Doll Corner (1984), The Boy Who Would Be a Helicopter: The Uses of Storytelling in the Classroom (1990), and You Can't Say You Can't Play (1992). All the works of Paley contributes to our understanding that Paley' pedagogy of fairness works as a safeguard for her young charges against the unexpected, and often ignored, sources of exclusion in the early childhood classroom. By reviewing the studies of Paley, we find that from the gender viewpoint, the developmental difference and popularity requires that teachers should be equally direct about exclusion on race.

Keywords: gender; developmental difference; pedagogy of fairness; race; childhood classroom

Chapter.  9853 words. 

Subjects: Schools Studies

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