Gender, Ethnicity, and Disability

  • Lois McFadyen Christensen
  • Jerry Aldridge


How do educators and children identify with gender and ethnicity? This chapter provides ways for early childhood and elementary educators to promote gender equity in classrooms and in practice. Background information into gender legislation is also presented. The discrimination of women in educational arenas is another major focus of this chapter. Discrimination in teacher education is described in detail. Foundations of education texts continue to focus on dead, white men as the theorists most considered as important sources for teaching and learning practices. However, the majority of those who interact with children are women, mostly women of color. The importance of gender studies is also highlighted.


Social Justice Elementary Teacher Gender Discrimination Gender Equity Historical Foundation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lois McFadyen Christensen
    • 1
  • Jerry Aldridge
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of AlabamaBirminghamUSA
  2. 2.OMEP Representative to UN/UNICEF North American OMEP Representative to OASNew YorkUSA

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