Defensible Strategies

There are many ways in which that these issues can be dealt with to minimise the impact on the students. One of the strategies that can be used to approach the issue surrounding gender stereotyping is to choose books that challenge some of the conventional ideas of what girls and boys aspire to (National Union of Teachers, 2014, p. 3). According to the National Union of Teachers (2014, p. 8) the book William’s Doll by Charlotte Zolotow addresses a young boy who wants a doll, this conveys to the children that are reading the book that they can play with any toys that they would like even if they do not fit what is considered to be normal. Another strategy that is easy to apply in the classroom is ensuring that parents and visitors are aware of a school’s equality policy and also ensure that visitors to the classroom do not affirm or encourage gender stereotyping through their practice (National Union of Teachers, 2013, p. 10). A way in which to approach the third teacher to prevent a negative environment is to think about developing spaces that are age appropriate and consider the stages of the children who are going to use the environment (Robson, 2004, p. 209). Through educators having planed out their space throughout their classroom environment sets up the feel of the classroom and provides positive learning spaces: as the environment is individually set up for the age group of the children it will enhance the learning experience. To prevent an environment that encompasses gender stereotyping, providing a wide range of resources that represent many varieties of beliefs and values and does not support any stereotypes of gender, race, cultures and or religion (Robson, 2004, p. 212). In providing many resources for the children to access will allow the students to look at all different aspects of different lifestyle, the culture of this setting will allow many viewpoints and experiences in which children will benefit from (Robson, 2004, p. 212).


National Union of Teachers (2013).         Stereotypes stop you doing stuff: Challenging gender stereotypes through gender education. Retrieved from

National Union of Teachers. (2014). It’s child’s play: Challenging gender stereotypes through reading. Retrieved from http://www,

Robson, S. (2004). The physical environment. In L. Miller & J. Devereux. Supporting children’s learning in the early years. (pp. 205-216). London: Open University Press.


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