Date of Award

Spring 4-28-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Virginia Casper


This thesis will examine the ways that gender impacts dramatic play in early childhood classrooms by analyzing experiences in two single-sex school environments. The paper will review past and present literature as it pertains to the general topics of play and gender and pose insights about the role that both play in single-sex classrooms. It will also take into consideration the various gendered elements of our world and the impact of our social environments. The aim of the paper is not to propose next steps for gender education, but to examine current work through descriptions and observations in two classroom settings. It concludes with insights and wonderings about next steps for all educators and the impact that this will have on my future teaching.


Early Childhood Education