Action Research for Gender Equity

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This book is about action research as a method for change and as a means of taking up feminist research in education. Theoretically it draws on feminist poststructural theories and discusses concerns with the normalizing and regulative aspects of dominant discourses. The concepts 'moments of equity' and 'moments of normalization' are used to highlight the contradictory and complex action research process. Empirically, it provides a story of an attempt to change the teaching ...
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Overview

This book is about action research as a method for change and as a means of taking up feminist research in education. Theoretically it draws on feminist poststructural theories and discusses concerns with the normalizing and regulative aspects of dominant discourses. The concepts 'moments of equity' and 'moments of normalization' are used to highlight the contradictory and complex action research process. Empirically, it provides a story of an attempt to change the teaching practices of nine compulsory-school teachers and their pupils in Sweden.

Key features include:

* a new discussion of feminist theories, action research and the problems and possibilities of producing change in the classroom
* case-studies of female and male teachers and their participation in an extended attempt to change their own and their pupils' gendered practices
* a contribution to the debate on gender equity within postmodern society
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335200221
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: Feminist Educational Thinking Series
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Series editors' preface vii
Preface ix
1 Introduction 1
Action research and teaching for gender equality 2
The Swedish context 5
The rhetoric of gender equality 6
School context and teachers' work 9
Summary 10
2 A journey towards gender equity 11
Point of departure 11
The vision of our destination 15
The project group and our relations 16
Clarification of terms and meanings 18
Project methods 20
Summary 22
3 Action research between the modern and the postmodern 23
Theoretical approaches 23
Action research as a method for creating gender equality in school 24
Critiques of empowerment in pedagogical settings 29
Frames of references: the authors' voices 31
Reflections 35
4 Moments of normalization 37
Fear of 'disorder'? 38
Reflections 51
5 In Eva's and Helena's classrooms: moments of equity 54
Eva's classroom 55
Helena's classroom 64
Reflections 75
6 In Lina's and Siv's classrooms: moments of equity 78
Lina's classroom 78
Siv's classroom 88
Reflections 103
7 In Lisbeth's and Anders's classrooms: moments of equity 106
Lisbeth's classroom 106
Anders's classroom 114
Reflections 126
8 In support of action research for gender equity 129
Five good reasons for action research 129
Action research for gender change 132
Epilogue 135
Appendix 1 Gender structures in Sweden 137
Appendix 2 Curriculum for gender equity: the teachers' voices 142
References 149
Index 154
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