Exploring the Bias

Gender and Stereotyping in Secondary Schools

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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.



A Gendered Analysis of Secondary Schooling Processes in India

India is the seventh largest country in the world, with a population of more than one billion. The 35 States and Union Territories present a varied landscape as there is endless diversity of population, climate topography, religious beliefs, languages and social, economic and cultural settings. While India is recognised as one of the world?s fastest growing economies, the problems of contemporary India in the key, interlinked areas of poverty, literacy, health and nutrition are extensive and continue to be influenced by caste, class and gender considerations.


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