The bulletin discusses sex vs. gender, introduces the concept of gender analysis, and how gender and migration intersect for children and youth and results in inequalities – and offers research on gender inequities in the school system, including these findings from recent research:
Gender construction in schools can create very distinct notions of what it means to be a man and a woman, with polarized attributes for femininity and masculinity;
Across most countries, boys continue to dominate classroom time and space, a practice that seems to create subdued girls and creates perceived differences between men and women;
In many countries academic performance of boys and girls is converging, but when it comes to fields of study and work there is still clustering by gender;
The curriculum, especially sex education, continues to center on biological features and refuses to acknowledge social dimensions of adolescent sexuality;
The peer culture of a classroom contributes powerfully to classroom dynamics and the focus of either gender towards academics;
Most public education policies fail to recognize the socialization role of schools. (Stromquist, 2007).
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