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  • Kotiharju, Emilia (Helsingin yliopisto, 2020)
    Objectives. The National Core Curriculum for Basic Education 2014 obliges teachers to implement a gender-aware approach in their teaching. An integral component of gender-aware teaching is recognizing gender and sexual diversity, as well as questioning gendernormativity and heteronormativity in education and learning materials. This study examines the ways in which elementary school teachers can recognize and acknowledge gender and sexual diversity in education and investigates the experiences teachers have had of discussing issues of gender and sexual diversity in elementary education. The purpose of this study is to identify ways and possibilities of gender-aware teaching in elementary education. Methods The research approach of this study was qualitative. The material was collected with an online questionnaire made up of open-ended questions The research material consisted of answers from twenty primary school teachers who were of different ages, had varying amounts of work experience, and worked in several different cities and schools. The analysis method used was material-driven content analysis. Results and conclusions. By performing content analysis on the material, I developed five categories, which represent ways of recognizing and acknowledging gender and sexual diversity in education. These categories were the following: to have a positive attitude towards diversity, to intervene on homophobic name-calling, to avoid separating students by gender, to have critical conversations about gender and sexual norms, and to offer diverse models of identity. The results offer teacher’s information on how to recognize and acknowledge gender and sexual diversity in education and point out some issues that should be taken into consideration when dealing with these topics.