A Gender-Balanced Curriculum: The Challenge for Teacher Educators

By:
Ms Jennifer Redmond,
Dr Deirdre Raftery,
Dr Maryann Valiulis,
Dr Judith Harford
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This paper is based on a national research project commissioned by the Department of Education and Science, Ireland on gender perspectives in the delivery and assessment of junior cycle history. The research covers three principal areas: curriculum design; textbook analysis, and teacher professional development. It was carried out by the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Trinity College Dublin and the Education Department, University College Dublin. Its findings are based on a detailed examination of the history curriculum; an analysis of the principal textbooks used by history teachers in all post-primary schools throughout Ireland, and the reflections of pre-service and practising teachers nationally on curriculum, implementation and professional development needs. The research found that despite state government policy on gender equality, there is an obvious lack of gender balance and gender awareness in curriculum design, textbook publication, and policy on the continuous professional development of teachers. Its findings are of significance to policy makers, teacher educators and to all those with a vested interest in lifelong learning.


Keywords: Gender balance, Continuous Professional Development, Gender Awareness, Women's History, Teacher's Gender Training
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
Paper: Imperfect Tools


Ms Jennifer Redmond

Researcher, Research Unit, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Trinity College
Ireland

Jennifer Redmond is a researcher at the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Trinity College Dublin. She worked on the Gender History Project in conjunction with the Education Department, University College Dublin, researching textbook and examination content. She works on research projects variously funded by Irish state bodies, including the Department of Education and Science. She is also working on a PhD thesis on Irish women's emigration, 1922-1948.

Dr Deirdre Raftery

Lecturer, Education Department, University College Dublin
Ireland

Dr Deirdre Raftery, is a lecturer in the Education Department, University College Dublin, and has published books and papers on the history of education, and on women and learning. She is a Research Associate at Girton College, Cambridge (2005), and at the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Trinity College Dublin.

Dr Maryann Valiulis

Director, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Trinity College Dublin
Ireland

Dr Maryann Valiulis, is the Director of the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Trinity College Dublin as well as directing the Research Unit of the Centre. Trained as a historian, Dr Valiulis has published extensively in the field of Irish history, including both traditional and women's history. She is currently completing a book on Irish women in the 1920's and 1930s.

Dr Judith Harford

Lecturer, Education Department, University College Dublin
Ireland

Ms Judith Harford, B.A., M.A., H.Dip. Ed, is a Lecturer in the Education Department, University College Dublin. She is the recipient of the Dr Mary L. Thornton scholarship in education (2003) for doctoral research in women's history. Her research interests include women's history, history of education and teacher professional development.

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