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Gender in Primary and Secondary Education: A handbook for policy-makers and other stakeholders  
Ramya Subrahmanian (Author)

Series name: New Gender Mainstreaming Series on Development Issues

Size: 253 mm x 190 mm
Categories: Gender, New Gender Mainstreaming Series on Development

ISBN No: 978-0-85092-864-8

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: 12-2007
Number of Pages: 168

Status: In stock

Price: £ 60.00    [Currency converter]  


‘Based on global trends, her book is an important contribution for policy makers on gender mainstreaming in education and will be useful to those interested in gender and education.’ – Gender and Education, Vol. 21, No. 2, March 2009


‘This book is a welcome contribution to the literature on gender education. The content is not new but the treatment of the issues is intelligent and layered and helps to challenge attempts to over-simplify the causes of or standardise the responses to gender inequities.’ – Compare: A journal of comparative education, Volume 38, Issue 5 October 2008, pages 647 – 649


‘Backed up with a span of concrete examples covering both gaps and proposed strategies, the reasoning develops into a groundbreaking policy approach to equality in education.’ – Equals, Issue 20, April 2008


‘It is interesting and thought provoking to read and provides a useful set of starting points for developing critical debate.’

– ESCalate


‘The approach adopted by the author is particularly robust and welcomed...’ – Africa Education Review, Volume 5(2) 2008


Gender in Primary and Secondary Education has been written in the context of rapidly expanding education systems worldwide, and particularly the rising enrolment of girls in schools. The author argues that now the challenge of gender mainstreaming goes beyond building schools and ensuring access, to sustaining these gains to secure the future of education for girls. Thus gender mainstreaming in education needs to address the more strategic questions of the relationship between education and wider development and change, and of the relationships between men and women in a rapidly changing world.


The handbook is divided into six chapters, examining key policy and ideological gender mainstreaming issues within education systems and identifying the scope for greater gender mainstreaming.


Essential reading for civil servants involved in education sector management, policy planners, education policy analysts and professionals, civil society organisers, and academics.




Executive Summary


1. Gender, Education and Development

Achievements and Gaps

Why Paying Attention to Gender and Education is Important



2. Reframing the Education Policy Discourse: Rights, Capabilities and Empowerment

Gender Equality in Education: Framing a Substantive Approach

Widening the Scope of Gender and Education Interventions: Towards a Rights-based Approach



3. The Gendered Construction of the Demand for Girls’ Education

Gender Inequalities and Education

Structural Determinants of Female Disadvantage in Education

Reproduction of Labour and its Relationship with Schooling



4. Supply-side Constraints on Girls’ Schooling

Reproducing Society through the Education System

The Schooling Experience: Gender-based Violence

Teachers as Shapers of Gender Equality

The ‘Hidden Curriculum’

Boys and Girls in the Classroom: Gender Inequalities and Learning Outcomes

Policy Issues



5. Policies and Programmes for Promoting Gender-equitable Schooling

Lessons from Experience



6. Institutional Transformation and Gender Mainstreaming in Education

Why Gender Mainstreaming?

Defining Gender Mainstreaming

Strategies for Mainstreaming Gender Equality

Mainstreaming Gender in the New International Aid Architecture