Exploring the Bias

Gender and Stereotyping in Secondary Schools

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Contributors: Elspeth Page, Jyotsna Jha
Publication date: 1 June 2009
Size: 240mm x 165mm
ISBN: 978-1-84929-007-4
Pages: 272

Achieving the Millennium Development Goal to promote gender equality and to empower women is a continuing aim for all developing countries. Education is key to achieving this goal, and it is imperative that gender equality is implemented from the classroom onwards. The challenge for schools is to ensure that they create an ethos that promotes gender equality in all aspects of the classroom and other school activities.

Through seven case studies of secondary schools in India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Samoa, Seychelles, and Trinidad & Tobago, Exploring the Bias analyses whether schools perpetuate gender stereotypes and investigates how this can be prevented.

By comparing classroom practices in such diverse countries, this book provides insights and recommendations that will be useful for policy-makers and educators worldwide.

ContentsExpand or collapse me

List of tables, figures and boxes
Acronyms and abbreviations

1. School, Gender and Stereotypes: Despair and Hope
The Conceptual Frame
Approach and Methodology
Statistical Overview: Development, Gender and Education in the Case Study Countries
Addressing the Research Questions

2. Unravelling Multiple Dimensions of Gender in Seychelles
The Research and Sample
Conclusions and Recommendations

3. Sex or Gender Equity: the Organisation of Schooling in Trinidad and Tobago
The Research
The Sample
Portraying Gender Processes in Schooling
Conclusion and Implications for Policy

4. Making Gender Sense in Malaysian Secondary Schools
The Malaysian Study
Findings of the study

5. Education, Gender and Fa’aSamoa: ‘the Samoan Way of Doing Things’
Setting the Scene: Samoa Country Profile
The Research in Samoa
Analysis and Discussion
Conclusions and Policy Implications

6. A Gendered Analysis of Secondary Schooling Processes in India
Setting the scene
The Research
Main Findings
Conclusions and Recommendations

7. Gendered Education: A Case Study of Schools in Pakistan
Sindh: The Study Context
The Study Schools
Findings and Analysis
Conclusions and Recommendations

8. The Reproduction of Gendered Inequalities in Nigerian Secondary Schools
The Research and the Sample
The Findings
Conclusion and Policy Suggestions

Glossary of Gender Terms
Glossary of Non-English Words and Phrases
Bibliography and References

About the contributors Expand or collapse me

Elspeth Page (Editor)

Dr Elspeth Page is an independent consultant with over 20 years experience in Africa, South Asia and Europe and a doctorate in education, gender & international development. Her interests span pre-primary, primary & elementary and youth & adult non-formal levels, focusing on pedagogy, curriculum, gender, marginalised groups, inclusion and empowerment.

Jyotsna Jha (Editor)

Dr Jyotsna Jha works as Advisor, Education and Gender, and Education and HIV & AIDS at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.
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'provides a large number of thought-provoking points which will stimulate discussion.'

Management in Education, Vol. 24 No. 1, January 2010