TITLE

Sex Perceptions: K through 6

AUTHOR(S)
Parlett, Marjorie
PUB. DATE
March 1968
SOURCE
Education Digest;Mar1968, Vol. 33 Issue 7, p21
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses some actual classroom incidents related to the varying sex perceptions of students in elementary classes, ranging from nursery to sixth grade. Cases are discussed with specific suggestions that are considered to be helpful for teachers in meeting similar situations. The classroom teacher plays a vital role in influencing children's attitudes and perceptions concerning sexual understanding. In a fifth grade class, a student brought the teacher a duck egg. Placing it on her desk, he said to his teacher that she can eat this egg as it is not fertile. On asking about the definition of the term "fertile" by another student, the first student felt embarrassed. The author suggests that a science lesson on fertilization, using reference books, pictures, slides, etc., would have been meaningful as a follow-up of this incident. In a kindergarten incidence the teacher was reading a story about a new baby. One student interrupted by saying that his mother is going to have a baby who is growing in her stomach. The student then discussed about his family life how every member help each other. The teacher here utilized the moment and has had a brief session for reinforcing healthy concepts of family living among students.
ACCESSION #
18619496

 

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