Education - Feminism

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  • Feminism and education
    • Feminism became a mainstream perspective in 1960-70s.
      • They pointed out that most research and academic thinking was male stream. Women had been overlooked in society.
    • Lack of education is a form of social control
      • Conflict theory.
      • Education is where women can gain social justice.
      • Education prepares them to take on traditionally male work to offer them opportunities.
      • Lack of education leaves women vulnerable to exploitation by men and patriarchy.
      • Women are likely to be involved in female work (four c's) so remain vulnerable to poverty and deprivation.
    • Liberal feminism
      • Concerned with equality of opportunity, socialisation into sex roles + gender discrimination in schools.
      • Particular area is how curriculum discriminated against women.
      • Many subjects remain heavily gendered, even though children have choice now.
      • Argue that attitudes are changing.
      • Criticisms: not critical of masculinity in education. Women opt for courses leading to less paid work.
    • Radical feminism
      • Males monopolise knowledge + teacher time.
      • Dominate social spaces.
      • Tend to favour single sex classrooms.
      • Criticisms: too general, not all men are the problem.
    • Hidden curriculum
      • Powerful reinforcement for gender stereotypes.
      • Textbooks provide messages about gender.
      • 1970-80s storybooks portrayed boys as active and girls as domestic.
      • Janice McCabe - books published between 1990-2000 found 31% had female central characters.
      • Anne Fine, modern books, gender stereotyping is seen as acceptable.


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