ERIC Number: ED392779
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
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Institutionalizing Gender Equity in Teacher Education.
This paper looks at the Teacher Education Equity Project, which was designed to bring gender equity to teacher education. Carried out from 1993 to 1996, the project worked with 61 teachers in 27 states who taught methods courses in mathematics, science, and technology to help them teach their preservice students about gender equity. The project was accomplished via a five-day seminar with eight instructors, large quantities of materials, $750 per participant to carry out a mini-grant project, a listserv, bimonthly newsletters, a three-day follow-up meeting conducted by participants themselves, and a considerable amount of support from project staff. The project has had a multiplier effect. In only one year, the 61 teacher educators taught a total of 5,000 preservice education students about gender equity in mathematics, science, and technology, as well as 5,000 others--colleagues, inservice teachers, and parents. Early results indicate that the percentage of participants whose syllabi mentioned gender equity doubled from 23 to 48 percent, while those whose syllabi specifically targeted gender equity increased sevenfold, from 4 to 27 percent. Pre/post teaching measures indicated that 85 percent of participants changed in a more equitable direction. Other problems remain, however. For example, while students learn about these issues in their methods classes, these perceptions must be reinforced in subject courses, other education courses, and by cooperating teachers. In a survey of 344 mathematics, science, and technology methods teachers at American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) institutions, only 17 percent thought they covered gender equity well, usually when it happened to come up in discussion, and only 15 percent mentioned Title IX to their students. A review of eight best-selling education foundations textbooks revealed little discussion of gender equity. Finally, gender equity is not usually included in state licensing requirements. A list of participants in the Teacher Equity Project is included. (ND)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Discrimination, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Faculty Development, Gender Issues, Higher Education, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Teachers, Methods Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education, Science Teachers, Sex Bias, Sex Discrimination, Technology
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Reform Efforts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (48th, Chicago, IL, February 21-24, 1996).