Honors Program

Honors in Teacher Education

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Lori Meier

Thesis Professor Department

Curriculum and Instruction

Thesis Reader(s)

Natalia Ward


This qualitative study examined the knowledge of gender definitions and attitudes toward gender that pre-service teacher candidates possess. Participants were students in an undergraduate elementary education program at a southeastern university. The participants responded to an open-ended paper survey. The survey consisted of questions asking about the definition of gender, gender roles, perceived differences between boys and girls, as well as plans for their future classrooms. Data was analyzed through a qualitative lens with the development of codes, categories, and themes. Responses varied, but the overall data suggested that teacher candidates have misconceptions about the definitions of gender, conflicting views on the origins of gender roles, and a spectrum of plans for gender inclusion and equality going forward in their future classrooms.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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