‘Boys’ Toys’ and ‘Girls’ Toys’: Learning through play? PhD Opportunity

With the resurgence of targeted marketing of ‘girls’ and ‘boys’ toys there has been concern that boys and girls are being channelled into restrictive gender specific play. This PhD seeks to examine whether there are any links between children’s play, the gendered marketing of toys and their own expectations for the future. The scope of the PhD would be developed by the successful candidate and the supervisory team but it is anticipated that some of the following areas may be incorporated:

  • The impact of play on children? How do children learn through play?
  • Children’s own perspectives of toys
  • Can gender specific toys impact on children’s own expectations of self? What do toys teach children about gender?
  • The importance of early intervention in raising expectations and ambition at an earlier age
  • Adults’ roles in challenging or perpetuating gender expectations through toys, games and wider play
  • Developing innovative methods or working with children to answer the research questions

Applications are invited for this full-time PhD research studentship at Glasgow Caledonian University: reference number: S2014GSBS032. For further details contact: Dr Nancy Lombard nancy.lombard@gcu.ac.uk

Applicants should complete the University Research Application Form, available from: http://www.gcu.ac.uk/research/phdresearchopportunities

The closing date for applications is 19-Dec-2014

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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