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The Classrooms All Young Children NeedLessons in Teaching from Vivian Paley$
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Patricia M. Cooper

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226115238

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226115252.001.0001

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Fairness Extended: Superheroes, Helicopters, and the Unchosen

Fairness Extended: Superheroes, Helicopters, and the Unchosen

(p.129) 6 Fairness Extended: Superheroes, Helicopters, and the Unchosen
The Classrooms All Young Children Need

Patricia M. Cooper

University of Chicago Press

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

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