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In Chapter 12 and throughout this course you have learned the importance of developmentally appropriate practices and how those practices enhance development. Chapter 12 specifically addresses social-emotional development and the importance of helping children develop a positive self-concept and healthy self-esteem. Chapter 12 further discusses the importance of promoting gender equity in the classroom.
Read this scenario and answer the questions that follow:
Victor enjoys playing dress-up in the dramatic play area. He is a quiet and reserved child who usually follows other children’s lead. But when engaging in dramatic play, Victor’s leadership shines as he collaboratively creates scenarios with his classmates. He is particularly adept at playing characters such as firemen, princesses, bumblebees, and moms. One day Mr. Jackson, Victor’s father, who rarely comes to the center, arrives to pick up Victor and sees that he is in a pink princess costume. He curtly tells Marge, Victor’s teacher, that he does not want her to allow Victor to play in the dress-up area in the future. He then orders Victor to change, and they quickly leave. Marge is taken aback by Mr. Jackson’s behavior.
The center is devoted to fostering relationships with all of its families, and Marge has recently made great strides in attracting Victor’s family to potlucks and school workdays. The staff collectively believe that in addition to building children’s imaginations, dramatic play enhances their social and communication skills and is an integral part of the learning process that gives children opportunities to develop abstract thinking, literacy, math, and social studies skills.
What should Marge do? (taken directly from Young Children | Vol. 72 No. 1 | March 2017)
A great resource that may help you respond to Ms. Jackson is the children's book, "William's Doll" by Charlotte Zolotow. Here is a video link to the story: William's Doll (opens in a new window)
1. Post a well-thought out response (minimum three paragraphs) that proposes resolutions to this situation and that is DAP for Victor.
2. Clearly connect your response, with citations, to Chapter 12. At least three connections are required.
In Chapter 12 and throughout this course you have learned the importance of developmentally appropriate practices and how those practices enhance development. Chapter 12 specifically addresses social-emotional development and the importance of helping children develop a positive self-concept and healthy self-esteem.