Educational thought about the playing in infant education: analysis from a gender point of view

M.ª Del Carmen Rodríguez Menéndez, Jesús Hernández García y José Vicente Peña Calvo.

This article presents some conclusions from a research developed in the Principality of Asturias aimed at analyzing the formation of gender identity during the infant education period (3/6 years old).

Namely, it analyzes the opinions held by the teachers about playing and playful behaviour showed by boys and girls. This let us show several conclusions about the relevance of playing as socialization context that helps in configuring gender schematic identities.


Key Words: infant’s education, playful behaviour, teaching thought, symbolic play, schematic identity of gender, coeducation.