Honors Projects


Sarah HodsonFollow


The focus of this document is to provide professionals in the field of education an overview of gender development in early childhood education and how to teach students about gender in early childhood settings. The current research on gender development supports the notion that gender is socially constructed from birth, but not directly linked to biological sex. Next, a list of high-quality children’s literature is included; the literature addresses concepts surrounding gender development, identity, and expression in developmentally-appropriate ways. Lastly, several of the children’s books are utilized in sample lesson plans and materials for educators to use as they teach gender in early childhood settings.


Early Childhood


Early Childhood Education – Inclusive

First Advisor

Mariana Mereoiu

First Advisor Department


Second Advisor

Kathryn Deeds

Second Advisor Department

Special Education

Publication Date

Spring 5-11-2019