‘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.’
‘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.
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
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