REFLECTING ON GENDER AS A SOCIAL
CONSTRUCT: A QUALITATIVE CASE
STUDY OF A GIRLS CRITICAL GENDER
GROUP

Rutgers, The State ...
RESEARCH QUESTIONS
What happens in the
critical gender group?

How do girls talk about
gender in the critical gender
group...
THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK:
DEVELOPMENTAL SYSTEMS ORIENTATION

School

Peer
groups

Community

Family

Social
media

Adolescent...
RESEARCH DESIGN:
QUALITATIVE CASE STUDY

CRITICAL GIRLS’ GENDER GROUP
Weeks
1-3

Major Objectives
“Getting to know you” & ...
DATA COLLECTION
Research Questions

Sources
Audiotape

Observations

Focus
Groups

Journals

X

Artifacts

1. What happens...
KEY FINDINGS:
MOVING BEYOND IDENTIFICATION & DECONSTRUCTION

Multiple
perspectives
& friendships
Critical
consciousness
(S...
PERSONAL IMPACT
Adolescence
difficult
developmental
period

Apply empathy
from my
experience

Provide my
students tools
PROFESSIONAL IMPACT:
STOCKING MY TOOL BOX

Perceived workplace barriers

Tools for addressing barriers

• Young

• Leaders...
IMPACT AT DISTRICT LEVEL:

EDUCATION

& AWARENESS ON MULTIPLE LEVELS
Girls

• Recruitment

Parents/
Guardians

• Seminars
...
IMPACT IN THE FIELD:
ANOTHER APPROACH

ADOLESCENT GIRLS:

ADOLESCENCE:

academic & social Identity

GENDER MESSAGES:
ideal...
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  1. 1. REFLECTING ON GENDER AS A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT: A QUALITATIVE CASE STUDY OF A GIRLS CRITICAL GENDER GROUP Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Dissertation Presentation Jessica Constandelis
  2. 2. RESEARCH QUESTIONS What happens in the critical gender group? How do girls talk about gender in the critical gender group? • What is the curriculum? • How does their talk change over time? • What activities take place? • How do girls deconstruct and critically assess gender messages? • What do girls say they learned from participating? • How do girls say they would alter & improve the group?
  3. 3. THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK: DEVELOPMENTAL SYSTEMS ORIENTATION School Peer groups Community Family Social media Adolescent Individual shapes the context of which he/she is a part. Popular culture Adolescent active producer of identity development. Galambos, N. L. (2004). Gender and gender role development in adolescence. Handbook of adolescent psychology (pp. 233-262). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, John.
  4. 4. RESEARCH DESIGN: QUALITATIVE CASE STUDY CRITICAL GIRLS’ GENDER GROUP Weeks 1-3 Major Objectives “Getting to know you” & Trust building activities 4&5 Identification & deconstruction of gender messages (FACILITATOR DRIVEN) 6-8 Identification & deconstruction of gender messages (GIRL DRIVEN) 9 Articulating themes & reflecting on identified gender messages 10 Focus groups
  5. 5. DATA COLLECTION Research Questions Sources Audiotape Observations Focus Groups Journals X Artifacts 1. What happens in a critical gender group? X X X a. What is the curriculum of the group? X X X X b. What activities take place in the group? X X X X c. What do girls say they learned from participating in the group? X X 2. How do girls talk about gender in the critical gender group? X X a. How does their talk change over time? X X X X b. How do girls talk back to gender messages? X X X X X
  6. 6. KEY FINDINGS: MOVING BEYOND IDENTIFICATION & DECONSTRUCTION Multiple perspectives & friendships Critical consciousness (Shor, 1992) Gender messages are EVERYWHERE Ways of seeing TAKE ACTION!
  7. 7. PERSONAL IMPACT Adolescence difficult developmental period Apply empathy from my experience Provide my students tools
  8. 8. PROFESSIONAL IMPACT: STOCKING MY TOOL BOX Perceived workplace barriers Tools for addressing barriers • Young • Leadership skills • Female • Countless resources • Male-dominated administration • Voice • Girls’ experiences • Provide girls space & structure
  9. 9. IMPACT AT DISTRICT LEVEL: EDUCATION & AWARENESS ON MULTIPLE LEVELS Girls • Recruitment Parents/ Guardians • Seminars My Research Admin. Staff • Professional Development • Professional Development
  10. 10. IMPACT IN THE FIELD: ANOTHER APPROACH ADOLESCENT GIRLS: ADOLESCENCE: academic & social Identity GENDER MESSAGES: ideal girlhood confidence, low self-esteem, eating disorders INTERVENTIONS: role models & girls group Girls’ Group: Critical consciousness & language
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