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ERIC Number: EJ771940
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-1056-4934
Bilateral Vision: Gender and Education in the United Kingdom and Sweden
Weiner, Gaby
European Education, v36 n4 p22-39 Win 2004-2005
This paper is the sum of the author's experience when she moved from England to Sweden four years ago. Sweden's international reputation for gender equality is unparalleled and therefore she expected to be part of a different gender order than that in the United Kingdom. However, she finds that at the level of everyday experience, gender relations in Sweden show some of the less desirable characteristics of other less equality-conscious countries such as the UK. As someone on the periphery who is attempting to work toward the center of the community of practice of Swedish educators, she has sought to understand more about gender relations in education in Sweden, and the impact of "jamstalldhet" and feminism. This has provided a challenge both to her expectations of Sweden and to her assumptions on gender equality, shaped mainly in the UK context. In this paper, she first provides an overview of gender equality discourses in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) particularly as they apply to education, and then outlines her growing understanding of how gender works in Sweden, in particular the concept of "jamstalldhet." The final section raises questions about the impact of gender discourses and policies of the two countries on schools and education more widely, and possible future implications. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden; United Kingdom