The Gender-Responsive School

An Action Guide

Paperback: £65.00

The Gender-Responsive School

Publication date: 1 June 2009
Size: 297mm x 210mm
ISBN: 978-1-84929-004-3
Pages: 272

The Gender-Responsive School shows teachers, headteachers and school administrators how to spot the key spaces in school life where gender is important. It gives them tools to address gender biases by changing attitudes and ideas among staff and students.

This Action Guide is full of activities that can be undertaken at either individual or group level. Based on trials with teachers in a wide range of countries with different cultures, educational systems and attitudes towards gender issues, it shows how important school is, especially at the post-primary stage, in forming expectations of girls and boys and ideas about gender roles.

The Gender-Responsive School will be of practical value for all educational professionals who are concerned to promote gender equality.

ContentsExpand or collapse me


List of activities


Using the Action Guide
Initial action plan

UNIT 1 The basics
1.1 Gender concepts
1.2 Stereotypes
1.3 Gender and education

UNIT 2 The wider context
2.1 The big picture
2.2 The national education context

UNIT 3 A whole school approach
3.1 School ethos
3.2 Across the school
3.3 Staff development
3.4 Involving the wider community
3.5 School gender policy

UNIT 4 Teaching and learning
4.1 Entry points
4.2 Curriculum
4.3 Classroom dynamics
4.4 Underachievement
4.5 Teaching and learning for change
4.6 Making changes last

UNIT 5 Approaches and methods
5.1 Action research
5.2 Gender analysis
5.3 Change management
5.4 Evaluation

Action plan and reflection
Action plan

Selected resources

Appendix I: Gender analysis of classroom and other processes in seven selected Commonwealth countries: Some basic facts and findings
Appendix II: Trialing workshop for southern Africa, Maputo, Mozambique
Appendix III: Social Learning Package


ReviewsExpand or collapse me

‘...this is an immensely important book; moreover, it is one into which those concerned have put much careful research and development— in many countries and cultures—and which is well written and easy to use.’

British Journal of Educational Technology, Vol. 40 Issue 6