Title

Learning the Student Role Four Decades Later: A Sociological Analysis of 21st Century Kindergarten as Academic Boot Camp

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Sociology and Criminal Justice

Date of Award

Fall 2013

Abstract

This thesis uses feminist standpoint theory to determine if Gracey's (1972) comparison of kindergarten to academic boot camp is sociologically accurate in 2013. Findings suggest that although kindergarten may be to school what boot camp is to the military, unlike military boot camp, kindergarten is almost exclusively a woman's domain. Consequently, from a feminist theoretical standpoint, the analogy of kindergarten to boot camp is somewhat erroneous. Whereas boot camp focuses on desocialization accompanied by degredation and then resocialization, kindergarten is almost entirely focused on the positive aspects of socialization.

Advisor

Yvonne Villanueva-Russell

Subject Categories

Educational Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences

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