The long mission towards gender equality in teacher education : Reflections from a national project in Finland

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Lahelma , E & Tainio , L 2019 , ' The long mission towards gender equality in teacher education : Reflections from a national project in Finland ' , Nordic Studies in Education , vol. 39 , no. 1 , pp. 69-84 . https://doi.org/10.18261/issn.1891-2019-01-06

Title: The long mission towards gender equality in teacher education : Reflections from a national project in Finland
Author: Lahelma, Elina; Tainio, Liisa
Contributor organization: Department of Education
Elina Lahelma Research Group
Hu­man­it­ies and So­cial Sci­ences Edu­ca­tion (Hu­SoEd)
Date: 2019
Language: eng
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: Nordic Studies in Education
ISSN: 1891-5914
DOI: https://doi.org/10.18261/issn.1891-2019-01-06
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/302168
Abstract: Gender equality has since the 1970s been an aim in international educational politics and policies. Also Finland has evidenced a history of hundreds of projects and reports that have repeated the same aims, ideas and practical innovations for promoting equality, many of them with teacher education as one of the foci. However, the actual pace of change has been very slow. In this paper we focus in the impact of a national project on gender awareness in teacher education (2008-2011). We analyze changes in cultures and curricula in relation to gender awareness in teacher education. The data includes documents of the project, curricula of teacher education, answers of the former activists of the project and interviews with teachers in one teacher education unit. We also use auto-ethnographic methodology. We suggest that conceptual problems in issues around gender and involvement in personal lives makes addressing gender difficult in teacher education. We also suggest that the mission of gender awareness is difficult, but not a mission impossible.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
teacher education
gender
gender equality
Finland
projectisation
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
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