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Self-Evident, Excessive or Opposed: Student Teachers’ Associations with ‘Gender Equality’
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6016-4416
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research, ISSN 1694-2493, E-ISSN 1694-2116, Vol. 15, no 10, 1-14 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This is a qualitative study undertaken in a Swedish teacher education setting. The aim is to obtain data that can be helpful for teacher educators planning their teaching about gender equality policy. The assumptions which the students base their pre-understandings on are in focus. The empirical material consists of 105 student teachers’ descriptions of their associations with the term ‘gender equality’ [jämställdhet]. In the material, three competing discourses are found. One discourse is the discourse of the fair gender equality. Within this discourse, gender equality seems to be quite an uncomplicated issue. Gender equality is, or should be, something natural. A second discourse is the discourse of the exaggerated gender equality, linking gender equality to conflicts, aggression and excessive demands. A third discourse is the discourse of the opposed gender equality. Within this discourse, gender equality is described as a contested issue met with resistance and hostility. Being able to identify and examine these competing discourses may work as a first step in identifying assumptions that students hold about gender equality and gender issues.

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2016. Vol. 15, no 10, 1-14 p.
Keyword [en]
gender equality, gender issues, teacher education, student teachers, discourses
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Educational Sciences
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-57338OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-57338DiVA: diva2:1033914
Available from: 2016-10-10 Created: 2016-10-10 Last updated: 2016-10-18Bibliographically approved

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