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Making Room for Gender Sensitivity in Pre-Service Teacher Education

Author(s): Yasemin Esen

Journal: European Researcher
ISSN 2219-8229

Volume: 61;
Issue: 10-2;
Start page: 2544;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Sexism | gender training | gender sensitivity | teacher education.

Education is an effective tool for effecting change both on an individual and social level and it is a key institution that can minimize the differences among social groups and genders. While teachers are key actors responsible for implementing this basic function of education, they themselves are raised in societies that are stratified by gender. Teachers act as carriers of the values and cultural codes of their societies and have a tendency to support students' opinions and behaviours and educational and professional choices shaped by sexist stereotypes, thereby contributing to inequality. Therefore, one strategy to adopt in combating inequality between genders is to raise awareness and sensitivity of teachers concerning gender inequality. With this strategy in mind, this study seeks to identify the key features of Gender Equality course for pre-service teachers in Turkey.

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