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.



Unravelling Multiple Dimensions of Gender in Seychelles

The dominant gender discourse in Seychelles is that the country does not have a serious gender problem and that both boys and girls have equal opportunities to perform well at school. This discourse is supported by impressive gross enrolment ratios (among the highest in Africa) for primary, secondary and tertiary education: the latter standing at 82.5 per cent as per the UNDP 2007/2008 Human Development Report (UNDP, 2008). The research on gender analysis of schools and classroom processes has provided the opportunity to look behind those figures and examine processes, structures and belief systems that show another reality: a reality where boys are underperforming and under-participating and where girls may be limiting their own life chances because of stereotypes and narrow definitions of femininity.


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