Gender & the Classroom

Gender & the Classroom - FSHD 447A April 7 2009...

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FSHD 447A April 7, 2009
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Objectives To understand the ways in which schools teach children about gender roles, expectations, and norms. To explore the ways in which boys might be disadvantaged in schools. To learn about ways to improve gender equity in the classroom, including an exploration of single-sex classrooms.
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Gender Socialization in the Classroom Schools are important contexts for gender socialization: the process of learning cultural roles associated with one’s sex Schools teach children about gender roles and expectations through: Staffing Patterns Curricular Materials Differential Interactions and Treatment Differential Expectations
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Staffing Patterns Men are disproportionately in positions of power while women are more likely caregivers Over 90% of elementary school teachers are female When men are teachers, they are more likely to teach older grades and math and science Only 40% of principals are female (most at the elementary school level) Fewer than 15% of superintendents are female In higher education 80% of full professors are male
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Curricular Material Although less gendered than the past, textbooks today still have gender biases
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