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The Gender-Responsive School: An Action Guide  
Catherine Atthill (Author), Jyotsna Jha (Author)

Size: A4 (297 mm x 210 mm)
Categories: Education, Gender

ISBN No: 978-1-84929-004-3

Format: Paperback|  E-book

Publication Date: 06-2009
Number of Pages: 272

Status: In stock

Price: £ 85.00    [Currency converter]  


‘...this is an immensely important book; moreover, it is one into which those concerned have put much careful research and development— in many countries and cultures—and which is well written and easy to use.’ - British Journal of Educational Technology, Volume 40 Issue 6, November 2009.


The Gender-Responsive School shows teachers, headteachers and school administrators how to spot the key spaces in school life where gender is important. It gives them tools to address gender biases by changing attitudes and ideas among staff and students.  


This Action Guide is full of activities that can be undertaken at either individual or group level. Based on trials with teachers in a wide range of countries with different cultures, educational systems and attitudes towards gender issues, it shows how important school is, especially at the post-primary stage, in forming expectations of girls and boys and ideas about gender roles.


The Gender-Responsive School will be of practical value for all educational professionals who are concerned to promote gender equality.




List of activities





Using the Action Guide

Initial action plan


UNIT 1 The basics

1.1 Gender concepts

1.2 Stereotypes

1.3 Gender and education


UNIT 2 The wider context

2.1 The big picture

2.2 The national education context


UNIT 3 A whole school approach

3.1 School ethos

3.2 Across the school

3.3 Staff development

3.4 Involving the wider community

3.5 School gender policy


UNIT 4 Teaching and learning

4.1 Entry points

4.2 Curriculum

4.3 Classroom dynamics

4.4 Underachievement

4.5 Teaching and learning for change

4.6 Making changes last


UNIT 5 Approaches and methods

5.1 Action research

5.2 Gender analysis

5.3 Change management

5.4 Evaluation


Action plan and reflection

Action plan



Selected resources



Appendix I: Gender analysis of classroom and other processes in seven selected Commonwealth countries: Some basic facts and findings

Appendix II: Trialling workshop for southern Africa, Maputo, Mozambique

Appendix III: Social Learning Package




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Exploring the Bias: Gender and Stereotyping in Secondary Schools

Elspeth Page (Author), Jyotsna Jha (Author)
Publication Date: 06-2009
Stock Status: In stock

Format: Paperback|  E-book
ISBN No: 978-1-84929-007-4
Price: £ 85.00     [Currency converter]

Through seven case studies of secondary schools this book analyses whether schools perpetuate gender stereotypes and investigates how this can be prevented.

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